Another record year for A-level students
Teenagers achieved record results in their A-levels again this year as the national pass rate soared above 97 per cent for the first time.
The proportion of pupils awarded A grades also rose again with more than one in four gaining the top marks.
But predictions that the number of A grades would hit 26 per cent were just wide of the mark. The number of exams awarded A was 25.9 per cent up from 25.3 per cent last year.
Figures from the exam boards show traditional subjects are still firm favourites with English and maths the top choices.
And pupils are once again taking greater interest in science with increased entries in all three areas - biology, chemistry and physics.
Chemistry was the favourite science - the eighth most popular choice of subjects amongst sixth-formers.
Jim Sinclair, director of the Joint Council for Qualifications, which published the results today, said they were excellent and congratulated students on their achievements.
He said: "The results show not only an improvement in the grades achieved but also an increased entry to mathematics, sciences and languages, which are positive and encouraging developments all round.
"This has to be a day for celebration."
Schools minister Jim Knight also dismissed any suggestion that another set of record results showed that A-levels were being dumbed down.
Fears that languages would see a slump in popularity proved unfounded as the numbers taking French and Spanish rose. But there was a decrease in German.
Overall 97.2 per cent of candidates taking A-levels this summer achieved A to E passes, up from 96.9 per cent last year.
Girls continued to score better grades than boys although boys are continuing to close the gap at grade A.
Professor Alan Smithers from the University of Buckingham said the increase in popularity in science was not unexpected.
He said: "There has been a big attempt to reverse the decline in science, and we may begin to see the fruits of that this year."
Teachers have appealed for students to be allowed to enjoy their day of success without the inevitable complaints about the exams being "too easy".
Returning to the stage after 20 years makes actress feel 'nauseous'
Top conservatoire offers ‘groundbreaking’ arts degree
Islamic State: Pope is 'being targeted by Isis', Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See warns
Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton nude pictures exhibition cancelled after artist concedes photos were 'stolen property'
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
John Travolta addresses former pilot's gay romance allegations publicly for the first time: 'That was the lowest I'd ever felt'
Richard III: Two years after his body was found scientists discover how he died
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Watch a man race the Circle line - and win
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook
- 5 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
£50 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: SEN Teaching Assistant EBD , Septemb...
£50 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: SEN Teaching Assistant We are curr...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Bristol: Teacher of Girls PE for Wiltshire scho...
Competitive & Flexible: Randstad Education Cambridge: The JobRandstad Educatio...