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A-levels: More high grades but overall pass rate falls

More A-levels pupils were handed the very highest grade this summer, but the overall pass rate fell for the first time in more than 30 years, official figures show.

In total, just over one in four of exams were awarded an A* or A grade, down 0.3 percentage points on last summer.

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Cambridge for girl who drops only 14 marks out of 1600

A student from Brighton dropped only 14 marks out of 1600 across her four A-levels and is now celebrating after achieving her dream of gaining a place to study at Cambridge.

Tabitha Jackson achieved four A*s. Credit: PA

Tabitha Jackson gained A* grades in English, Spanish, Latin and French averaging 99% over the four subjects and will go on to study medieval and modern languages at Trinity Hall in 2015.

She will take a gap year to carry out an internship in Paris and Madrid.

As well as her exam results, Miss Jackson won joint first in the Trinity Hall medieval and modern languages essay-writing competition in 2013 and has been accepted by the McKinsey Leadership Academy.

The pupil at the independent school Brighton College said: "I am really chuffed, I couldn't have worked any harder for them.

"I have always wanted to study at Cambridge and I have always believed that putting your best foot forward is the best way to go about things."

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