More than one in four exam entries by girls received top grades of A, or 7, and above in this summer’s exams in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, an improvement of half a percentage point to 25.3% compared with last year, while just 18.6% of entries by 16-year-old boys achieved the same grades. The Guardian reports.
In England girls won the majority of the coveted top 9 grade, with 5.2% of female entries gaining the grade that replaced the top tier of the previous A* grade, compared with 3.7% of boys and a combined rate of 4.5%. Just below that, 13.1% of girls gained a level 8, compared with 9.4% of boys.
Some 837 students this year achieved 9s in seven or more subjects, a slight increase on last year, when just five students achieved 9s in 12 subjects.
Philip Wright, the Joint Council for Qualifications director-general, said: “Students and teachers have done a great job during a period of reform as this year’s results have overall been stable, with small increases in pass rates at 7/A and 4/C. We are seeing more entries and better outcomes in the sciences and in computing from both males and females.”
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