Biggest drop in high-grade GCSE passes in 25 years

Tougher marking is being blamed for a drop in the number of top GCSE grades.

More than 600,000 teenagers across the country picked up their results on Thursday. The proportion of students getting A* to C grades fell. It was down to 68.1%, a drop of 1.3 percentage points. That's the biggest fall in the 25-year history of the GCSE qualification.

The overall pass rate also fell slightly to 98.8%

Part of the drop's being blamed on stricter marking by exam boards but despite those claims there was still plenty of cause to celebrate in the Anglia region.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

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GCSE results 2013

The proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the second year running.