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Paul Carbert, North East England Chamber of Commerce, policy adviser said:
More North East pupils than ever before have been accepted on university courses, according to - SCHOOLS NorthEast, the representative body for all 1,250 schools across the region.
24% of 18 year olds from the North East will be off to university this autumn, up nearly 4% on the number who had secured places on A-level results day in 2012. But, the region still lags behind the rest of the country, with fewer entry rates than any other region.
Statistics released by the Undergraduate Courses at University and College (UCAS) show that, in the past five years, the region has seen a rise of approximately 4% in applications that met the A-level requirements.
Students across the North East have opened their A Level results and are now looking into apprenticeships, university or the clearing process.
Many are going through clearing in hope that they will secure a place at university.
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The overall pass rate of all students receiving grades stayed unchanged from last year.
- 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.
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, 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.
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