There are, as has been discussed, questions to be asked about how motivating these exams are. However, other things that strike me in the A-level results have not been highlighted so much. The A-E pass rates for those who did study languages were very high: 98 per cent for Spanish, 97.7 per cent for French and 97.4 per cent for German. This is a tribute to students and, of course, their teachers.
It is also interesting that, of those who did do languages, the percentages gaining a grade A bucked the trend of girls' outperforming boys. In Spanish, 35.4 per cent of boys got As and 31.9 per cent of girls; in French, the figures were 33.5 per cent and 30.4 per cent; and in German, 34.3 per cent and 29.4 per cent.
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