Here are the key GCSE figures for 2021

Here are the main figures in this year’s GCSE results:

– The proportion of entries receiving the top grades is the highest on record. A total of 28.9% of entries were awarded 7/A or above, up from 26.2% in 2020.

– Some 77.1% of entries received a 4/C grade or above. This is another record high, and is up from 76.3% in 2020.

– The overall rate for grades 1/G or above is 99.0%, down slightly from 99.6% in 2020.

– Girls have extended their lead over boys in the top grades. The proportion of female entries awarded 7/A or above was 33.4%, 9.0 percentage points higher than male entries (24.4%). Last year, girls led boys by 8.0 percentage points (30.2% girls, 22.2% boys). This year’s figures are the highest on record for both girls and boys.

– The gap at grade 4/C has narrowed for the fourth year in a row. A total of 80.6% of female entries were awarded 4/C or higher, compared with 73.6% for boys, a lead of 7.0 points. Last year the gap was 7.9 points.

– The most popular subject this year in terms of entries was science double award, with a total of 896,138 entries, up 2.0% on 2020.

– Maths remains the second most popular subject, with 811,135 entries, up 0.3% on 2020.

– English was the third most popular choice this year, but also saw the biggest percentage fall in entries of any major subject, down by 2.4% from 799,473 to 780,231.

– Spanish saw the biggest percentage rise in entries of any major subject, jumping by 4.7% from 109,594 to 114,795.

– Overall there were 5,745,945 GCSE entries, up slightly (0.9%) on last year’s figure of 5,692,464.

– A total of 3,606 16-year-olds in England taking at least seven GCSEs achieved a grade 9 in all their 9-to-1 graded subjects. This is up from 2,645 in 2020.