Private school A-levels: more pupils gaining straight-A*s

The Telegraph, 23/08/14, Graeme Paton reports pupils from private schools are expected to tighten their grip on places at top universities this year after it emerged that the number of teenagers gaining straight A* grades at A-level had soared by a quarter. HMC schools King’s College School, Wimbledon, Magdalen College School and Guildford High School are quoted.

Figures from the Independent Schools Council showed a 23 per cent hike in the number of 18-year-olds gaining at least three elite A*s this summer.

In all, around one-in-14 students attending private schools – 2,333 – gained straight A*s this year, with boys more likely than girls to achieve the feat. It was up from around one-in-17 a year ago.

It also emerged that almost a fifth of exams sat at private schools – 19.2 per cent – were marked with the very top grade in 2014, up from 18 per cent a year earlier.

It means pupils are more than twice as likely to gain the best marks as peers educated in the state system. The move is likely to lead to more privately-educated students gaining places at Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities.

The disclosure was made as the Telegraph published a league table charting performance in almost 400 private schools and colleges across the UK.

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