The overall pass rate of all students receiving grades stayed unchanged from last year.
North East #Alevelresults overall: pass rate again 98.5% - still highest in country; 22.1% A*-A grades - up slightly,still lowest in country
- 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.
Council leaders say 92% of the area's schools are now rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted
Thousands of teenagers from the region are waiting to receive their A-level results this morning.