The exam results gap between state schools and private schools is narrowing, figures show.
There has been a steady decline in the number of children educated in the independent sector winning top grades at A-levels since 2010, when the A* mark was introduced.
The proportion of private school students achieving A*s and As has decreased by 4.1 percentage points over the past seven years, from 52 per cent to 47.9 per cent, according to data released by the Independent Schools Council (ISC).
Meanwhile, the proportion of all students winning top grades has only gone down by 0.7 percentage points from 27 per cent to 26.3 per cent over the same period of time.
Lord Ralph Lucas, editor in chief of the Good Schools Guide, said there is “no doubt” that the gap between the state and independent sectors is narrowing, when it comes to those scoring the highest grades at A level.
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