Student Grades


There was no easy or perfect way to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on children's education or on exams. 

As students across the country received their initial results, data from Ofqual shows there has been a rise in the number of young people receiving top grades and more disadvantaged pupils are going on to higher education, despite the unprecedented circumstances.


  • Data published by Ofqual yesterday revealed that grades have remained broadly stable and indeed on average somewhat higher, with hundreds of thousands more students having their university places confirmed and more disadvantaged pupils than ever are going on to higher education, results which reflect the fair and robust grading system implemented by Ofqual.   
  • The number of students who have been awarded As and A*s has increased from 25.5 per cent in 2019 to 27.9 per cent this year, while there has been a rise in overall passes with 98.3 per cent of students receiving A*s to Es at A level. 
  • Meanwhile a record number of 18 year olds from the most disadvantaged backgrounds across England have been accepted onto a university course, up 7.3 per cent from last year, showing that students have not been disadvantaged due to their background by this year’s awarding process. Overall more than 358,000 UK students have been accepted so far this year, an increase of 3 per cent on last year. 
  • The decision to cancel exams this year was not taken lightly, and the government understands that the past few months have been an incredibly worrying time for students. We want to congratulate all students, and thank parents, teachers and all those involved for their contribution in making sure the class of 2020 are able to progress with the next stage of their lives. 


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