GCSE results see increase in A*-C grades

The proportion of students receiving A*-C grades in their GCSE exams has risen for the first time in three years.

Just over 68.8% of exam entries were in this bracket - an increase of 0.7 percentage points on last summer. Maths results graded C or above were significantly higher while English results drop by 4.8 percentage points.

Girls once again lead pass rates at grade C and above, with 73.1% of girls' entries scoring A*-C compared with 64.3% of boys'.

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GCSE results see increase in A* - C grades

The proportion of GCSE exam students awarded at least a C grade has risen for the first time in three years, official figures show.

Just over 68.8% of exam entries scored A*-C - up 0.7 percentage points on last summer, statistics published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) show.

The proportion of GCSE exams awarded at least a C grade has risen, official figures show. Credit: PA

In maths, 62.4% of students were awarded an A*-C grade - a significant 4.8 percentage points on last year's results.

Exam chiefs suggested that changes to this year's entries, including fewer lower-performing 15-year-olds taking the GCSE early, are behind the hike.

In contrast, 61.7% of English entries scored a C or higher, down 1.9 percentage points from last summer.

The drop - believed to be the biggest in the qualification's history - could be down to strong candidates taking advantage of the chance to sit the exam last winter, the JCQ suggested.

The proportion of entries awarded an A* - the highest grade - has dropped to 6.7% from 6.8% last year. It is the third year in a row that the number of students achieving the top pass rate has fallen.

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