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North East students discover A-level exam results

The overall pass rate of all students receiving grades stayed unchanged from last year.

98.5% of students gained grades A-E. However only 22.1% achieved A-A grades - this is up slightly but still the lowest in the country.

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North East A Level results: Pass rate remains highest in country but A*-A grades still lowest

The overall pass rate of all students receiving grades stayed unchanged from last year.

98.5%
of North East students gained A*-E grades.
North East pass rate remains highest in the country. Credit: PA

Nationally:

  • 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.

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