A Saudi parent with Richard and Emma

Riyadh "Riyadh Daily"
Saudi girl excels in Fine Arts in high school exam conducted by British Council

The first ever Outstanding Pearson Learner Awards Ceremony was held recently at the British Embassy in Riyadh. 

The event, hosted by the British Council in Saudi Arabia and Pearson Edexcel, was opened by Richard Wildash, the Deputy Head of Mission for the British Embassy. Emma Whale, Pearson Marketing Director for the Middle East and Keshav Sreedharan, the MENA Regional Examinations Manager for British Council Middle East also presented awards.

Many Saudi students were among the 49 pupils honoured with awards. Awards were given for the highest Edexcel UK Examinations marks in the world, as well as in the Middle East and in Saudi Arabia. The qualifications, held in June, were International GCSE, International Advanced Level and GCE.

Sarah Khalid Al Theyab, a Saudi student from a leading international school in Riyadh, achieved highest marks in Saudi Arabia for GCE A Level in Fine Arts. She expressed her great joy stating, “I'm so honoured and grateful to be the recipient of this award from such a prestigious exam board. This reflects my passion for fine art and I would like to thank my teachers and all the people who gave me their advice and encouragement, as I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without them.”

Emma Whale from Pearson inspired the students and parents, highlighting the worldwide recognition for Edexcel qualifications in the UK and across the World. She also stressed that the potential opportunities open to students with these qualifications are endless.

Richard Wildash, representing the BritishEmbassy, congratulated the awardees. He expressed his faith in Edexcel as a UK education provider brings together world-class qualifications and standards with a forward-thinking approach and international content and are the ideal pathway to top universities, offering today’s learners access to tomorrow’s global opportunities.



(From left to right) Zulfikar Abdulraheem, Andrew Allen (BritishCouncil), Emma Whale and Majid Mneymneh (Pearson) and Keshav Sreedharan (British Council).


Keshav Sreedharan outlined the benefits of their Partner Schools Global Network Programme and the work that the BritishCouncil undertakes in Saudi Arabia to develop teaching and learning standards within the institutions in Saudi Arabia and around the world.

A proud Saudi parent who received an award on behalf of his daughter told us, “I am very proud that my daughter attained the highest marks in Saudi Arabia from a globally renowned qualification provider like Edexcel. This award will provide her with recognition in her academic and professional career and will encourage her to excel further in this field.”

Representatives of leading international schools from across the country also attended the event.

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. Our purpose is to create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. We work closely with schools and universities providing examinations to over 35,000 students (including Saudi nationals) a year, as well as enabling 85 international schools to offer the British school curricula, and giving over 30 UK professional bodies the opportunity to offer their qualifications to young professionals in the Kingdom.

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