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Teachers celebrate another record-breaking year for A levels

18/08/2011 Joanna
Teachers up and down the country are celebrating after yet another record-breaking year for A-level results.

This year's figures show that the proportion of youngsters earning top grades was once again up, with one in 12 of those papers submitted gaining the recently-introduced starred-A grade.

Furthermore, 27 per cent of all exams achieved at least an A, while 97.8 per cent gained at least an E, up slightly from last summer's figure of 97.6 per cent.

Notably, this latest batch of figures suggest that boys continue to close the gap on girls when it comes to academic performance, with exactly the same proportion of each earning the top starred-A grade.

Releasing the results, Jim Sinclair, director of the Joint Council for Qualifications said that pupils should be "proud of their achievements and should be congratulated".

"Today's results have been well-earned and are the product of many years' hard work and commitment to their education," he added.

At the same time, however, students' joy is likely to be tempered by ongoing uncertainty over further education prospects, with tens of thousands of youngsters competing for university places. ADNFCR-2164-ID-800703517-ADNFCR
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