The figures represent the biggest decline in A grades since records began, and will mean scores of students are disappointed this morning having not achieved the necessary grades for their chosen university.
Only 26.6% of papers were awarded an A grade, a drop of 0.4% compared with the previous year. Around 7.9% received the relatively newly introduced A* grade, compared with 8.2% in 2011.
The drop in the high grades shouldn’t really come as a surprise however, given that the government has mounted an assault on what it describes as ‘grade inflation’. And it’s not a bad thing either: the overall pass rate at A Level increased to 97.8%, the 30th consecutive year of increase.
Still, here at MT we can't help pitying the poor blighters receiving their results today. Brings back tense memories…