The Independent has been looking into the breakdown of A level results at independent schools…
Boys cornered the market when it came to achieving three A* grades at A-level, the results of Britain’s independent schools show today.
They show that 6.4 per cent of the boys entered for thee exam achieved three A*’s – compared to just 5.3 per cent of all girls.
However, when it came to securing just one A* grade pass, the girls were ahead of the boys.
…The results showed that the percentage of pupils awarded A* grades was pegged for the first time at 18 per cent – at a time when nationally the figure fell by 0.3 per cent. The Independent Schools Council, which published the results, added that 51.3 per cent of all entries obtained at least an A grade – compared to 51.4 per cent last year.
Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the ISC, said: “It is remarkable that the per cent at independent schools gaining the top grade has remained unchanged despite it having gone down nationally.”
He added that “a high proportion” of independent schools’ A-level results had been achieved in “hard subjects” – maths, physics, chemistry, biology and ancient and modern languages.
“Many top university departments offering these subjects are dependent on independent school pupils for the quality of applicants they seek,” he said.
Is there anything you find surprising or unexpected in these figures? How have independent schools been able to maintain their success rate at A* while other schools havetaken a hit? Please share your insights in the comments or on twitter…