There has been a slight increase in the GCSE pass rate and the percentage of top grades this year, despite concerns about the difficulty of exams.
The pass rate edged up to 67.3% in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – up 0.4 percentage points on last year.
The new GCSEs, which are now graded 9 to 1 rather than A* to G, have less coursework and a greater focus on exams.
Looking across all GCSE subjects, 20.7% of entries in England have been graded 7/A or above this year, compared to 20.3% last year, while 67.1% of entries received a grade 4/C or above compared to 66.6% last year.
Just 837 teenagers scored a clean sweep of the highest grade in their GCSEs this summer, with more girls achieving straight top grades than boys.
15.2% of girls taking Maths have been awarded top grades of either 7, 8 or 9 – equivalent to A or A* in the old qualifications – up from 14.7 per% last year.
There were an estimated 5.2 million GCSE entries – up 50,000 on 2018, a 1.4% rise.
GCSE results have shown entries in some subjects are rising at a faster rate:
- English: +4.4%
- Maths: +4.2%
- Double Science: +4.8%
- History: +7.1%
- Geography: +3.4%
- Modern Languages: +3%
- Computer Science: +7.2%
Art and design also saw an increase, of +9.5%, as other equivalent arts subjects declined.
The results also show:
- Boys continue to do better than girls in maths, but that gap does seem to be closing.
continue to do better than girls in physics and chemistry but
- Girls continue to do better than boys in biology but less than in 2018.