Private school pupils get nearly five times as many top grades in new GCSEs ...

One in five GCSE entries from private school pupils scored the highest grade this summer – more than four times the national figure, data shows.

The Independent Schools Council said 20.5 per cent of entries from fee-paying schools were awarded a 9 – the new top grade.

In comparison, only 4.3 per cent of all entries – state and private schools – achieved a 9. Barnaby Lenon, the ISC’s chairman, said: ‘The results demonstrate the quality of teaching and ambition in our schools and prove the vital contribution the sector makes to the British education system.’

The figures, collected from 549 UK independent schools on 37,913 candidates, show 62.6 per cent of entries scored at least a 7 (equivalent to an A under the old system). This compares to 20.5 per cent at state schools. Some 87.7 per cent of independent school candidates gained at least one 7-9 grade (A-A*), while 73.7 per cent achieved at least one 8-9 grade (A*).

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