STUDENTS celebrated record A-level results this week owing to an improvement in girls' performance.
For the first time girls got more A grades than their male counterparts.
The results marked the 18th successive year of overall improvement but the rate of rise continues to fall. This year's pass rate increase was the second smallest in the past decade, rising by just 0.6 percentage points to 89.1 per cent. Nerly 18 per cent of entries were awarded the top grade, a rise of 0.3 points on last year.
Results have continuously improved since 1982 when the pass rate was just 68 per cent.
Although job-related A-levels proved more popular, registration for advanced GNVQs dropped by nearly 10,750 to 80,290. Meanwhile, the numbers taking French, German and geography fell dramatically.
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