STUDENTS hit the town last night to drown their sorrows after getting their A-Level results.
The teens were spotted out partying in Leeds, Nottingham other parts of the country after it was revealed grades were the worst they'd been in four years.
However, the students who were heading out in cities last night were all smiles as they posed for photographers on the street.
The girls and boys were dressed to the nines, as they braved the winds to head out and celebrate finishing sixth form.
The teens were seen with their arms around each other as they joined massive queues for bars.
They had bottles – and jugs – of booze in hand as they came together with all their school pals.
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The youngsters seemed to be having a ball – even if they were drowning their sorrows.
Yesterday was results day and it was revealed the A-Level results were the lowest they'd been since 2019.
It comes after pandemic-era teacher assessments were ditched and normal exams were brought back.
It means the number of entries awarded an A or A* plunged 9.2 per cent to 27.2 compared with 36.4 last year- a drop of 73,000 top grades.
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And the proportion of students clinching a pass mark above an E dipped to 97.3 per cent from 98.4 per cent in 2022. It is also the lowest pass rate since 2008.
Following their results, 19,000 teenagers have been rejected from their top two university preferences and are competing for Clearing courses.
Although 79% of 18-year-olds bagged their first choice degree, up from 74% in 2019.
Education Secretary Gillian Keegan yesterday morning downplayed the importance of A-Levels in someone’s career.
She said: “Somebody asked me, 'What will people ask you in 10 years' time?' They won't ask you anything about your A-level grades in 10 years' time.”
And Rishi Sunak agreed that your A-Level results are "not necessarily a deal-breaker".
One expert claimed the results "confirmed their greatest fears".
Lee Elliot Major, Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter, said: “This year's results have confirmed our greatest fears – education inequalities have widened in the post-pandemic era, and social mobility has taken a backward step.
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“Questions must be asked about the fairness of an examination system that has applied different grade standards to different year cohorts of students but also students in the same year – depending on whether they live in England, Scotland or Wales.
“Increasing numbers of students on free school meals entering university is merely a sign of the rising tide of child poverty.”
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