The percentage of students gaining top A Level grades fell this year for the first time since 1991. 26.6% of exams were awarded an A or A* grade, compared to 27% in 2011. This comes as exams regulator, Ofqual, provided stricter marking guidelines.
Statistics also showed that, for the first time, boys had surpassed girls in gaining A*s, with 8% of boys achieving the top grade in comparison to 7.9% of girls. However, girls still had the edge in gaining grades A and above, with 27% of girls versus 25.8% of boys.