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A-level A grades down

The proportion of A-levels scoring at least an A grade has fallen for the first time in more than 20 years, official figures showed today.

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Torch teenager gets high A-level grades

Jamie Green. Credit: PA

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.

Jamie Green, 18, of 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."

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