GCSE results for England, Wales and Northern Ireland have fallen, this year's figures have revealed.

In total, just over two-thirds of entries were awarded A*-C - which is considered by schools to be a "good" pass.

66.9%

of students achieved A*-C grades this year.

98.4%

was the overall pass rate of those achieving A*-G

Overall pass rates have fallen slightly from 98.6% in 2015 to 98.4% this year. Credit: PA
  • A* grades fall for fifth year in a row**

For the fifth year in a row there has been a drop in top grades.

6.5%

of entries were given the A* highest mark this year.

GCSE pass rates have fallen Credit: PA
  • Girls outperforming boys

The results also reveal that gender gap has increased slightly, by 0.5% this summer.

71.3%

of girls' entries were awarded at least a C grade

62.4%

of entries from boys were warded at least a C grade

But both were down on last year, from 73.1% and 64.7% respectively.

Jay Parvin celebrates with his family after receiving his GCSE results. Credit: PA
  • Girls leading the way with top grades

Girls also outperformed boys in terms of achieving top A* grades.

7.9%

of girls got an A*, compared with 5.0% of boys

  • JCQ: Change in subject entries 'impacts on results'

Michael Turner, director general of the JCQ, said significant movement in this year's entries has impacted on results and "creates a very complex national picture"

"We have seen shifts not only between subjects, but also across qualifications and year groups.

"This is driven by several factors, including performance measures and re-sit policies in England."