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Welsh results on the up

The percentage of candidates achieving higher grade GCSEs in Wales rose by 1.5 per cent on the previous year to 55.6 per cent.

The highest proportion of A* to C grades was awarded in the single sciences, with 85.5 per cent of physics candidates gaining grade C or above; 86.8 per cent in biology and 78.8 per cent in chemistry.

The overall pass rate for grades A* to G was 97.9 per cent, an 0.2 per cent increase on 1996.

In the main subject areas, 55.9 per cent of candidates achieved higher grades in English; 46.6 per cent in maths and 46.6 per cent in double award sciences.

The total number of student entries was 227,303, a 5.9 per cent decrease on the previous year, reflecting the drop in the number of 15-year-olds.

Geraldine Hackett

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