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North East A Level results: Pass rate remains highest in country but A*-A grades still lowest

The overall pass rate of all students receiving grades stayed unchanged from last year.

of North East students gained A*-E grades.
North East pass rate remains highest in the country. Credit: PA


  • The number of candidates receiving top grades has fallen for the fifth yea in a row. A total of 25.8% of entrants scored either an A or A*, down from 25.9% in 2015.
  • 8.1% of entrants received an A*, down from 8.2% last year.
  • The gap between girls and boys receiving the top grades has narrowed to its smallest for at least 10 years. The number of girls who got A or higher was 0.3 percentage points more than the number of boys. In 2006 the gap was 2.6 percentage points.
  • The gap between the best-performing girls and boys has narrowed for the first time in five years. The number of boys who got A* was 0.8 percentage points higher than girls - down 0.1 points on 2015
  • The overall pass rate (grades A*-E) was 98.1%, unchanged on last year
  • There were 836,705 entrants for the exams, down 1.7% on last year's total.
  • The most popular subject this year was maths. It was taken by 92,163 students, a slight fall of 0.6% on 2015.

County Durham teen gains all A*s despite broken wrist

A rugby-mad student battled through the pain to score top grades in his A-levels despite being unaware he had broken his wrist.

Sam Adamson (right) with his younger brother Jamie, as Sam scored top grades in his A-Levels despite breaking his wrist playing rugby. Credit: PA

Sam Adamson, 18, struggled through lengthy written papers after picking up an injury in a tournament.

Barnard Castle School's outgoing head boy, and vice captain of the first XV, will require surgery to fix the break in his scaphoid bone.

Nevertheless, the teenager, from Hunwick, County Durham, was still able to score A*s in chemistry, maths, further maths and a rare Distinction Level 1 in physics.

Sam, who plays second or back row, will read natural sciences at Durham University, where he plans to continue playing rugby.

I'd played in a tournament and don't even remember hurting my wrist.

It was hurting, particularly in some of the longer exams, and was getting worse. A scan revealed a clean break in the scaphoid bone which will need surgery.

– Sam Adamson


Olympic torchbearer delighted at A Level results

Jamie Green carried the Olympic torch in North Yorkshire earlier this year. Credit: ITV

A teenage boy who carried the Olympic Flame a few days before he took his A-level exams said he was thrilled to receive three A* grades and two As.

18-year-old Jamie Green from North Yorkshire, said he was finding it hard to decide which he was happier about - being an Olympic torchbearer for Scarborough in June, or discovering he had achieved some of the highest A-level results in Yorkshire.

Jamie said: "I had the torch-carrying event on the Monday, then I had my French exam and English exam later that week...

"Both are absolutely brilliant but for different reasons. The torch was a once-in-a-lifetime experience but these results will set me up for the rest of my life."