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Top A-Level results out today

16 Aug 2007

Top A-Level results out today A-Level results have proven to be the best ever this year, with a record 25 per cent of students achieving grade A today.

The precise figure, 25.3 per cent, marks an increase in A grades of 1.4 percentage points on last year, when 24.1 per cent of students gained an A-grade.

There was also a rise in the number of candidates gaining pass grades of 1.2 percentage points: last year's figure of 24.1 per cent rose to 25.3 per cent.

The highest pass rates were seen in Wales and Northern Ireland, at 97.1 per cent and 97.6 per cent respectively.

Once again, girls have out-performed boys - this time in all subjects except foreign languages and further maths.

The number of pupils taking A-levels in modern languages did not change significantly, with increases in German (1.6 per cent) and Spanish (6.6 per cent), but a drop in French (1.2 per cent).

Jim Sinclair, the director of the Joint Council for Qualifications, the body responsible for releasing today's results, said: "The improvement of results at A-level reflects how well students have done this year.

"Candidates who have worked hard are getting the results they deserve."

This year there was also a 25 per cent rise in the number of students continuing into their second year of A-levels.

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