Girls outperforming boys at GCSE level

Girls have outperformed boys in this year’s GCSEs gaining a larger proportion of the top grades.

Girls have outperformed boys in this year’s GCSEs gaining a larger proportion of the top grades.

The number of students gaining A or A* results rose again and around 70% of students got a grade between an A* and a C. Just over a quarter of exams sat by girls were awarded a top grade, compared to just under 20% for boys. 

Analysts say the gap between boys and girls at the top grade level is the biggest ever. Meanwhile, last week’s A Level results show the gender divide at A Level is narrowing, although girls are still getting the best results.

Some 8.2% of boys’ entries at A Level were awarded the top grade this summer, compared to 7.9% in 2010.  Some 8.2% of girls got an A*, down from 8.3% last year. However, 78.4% of girls got a grade of between A* and C, compared to 73.7% of boys.




Comments [1]

  • Anonymous says:

    I’ve always wondered why this is. But it has always been a fact – that girls do seem to be more intelligent than boys, not just when it comes to GCSEs or general education, but in general. I wonder why this is…


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