A-level results as they happened: 280,000 A-level results downgraded

13 August 2020, 07:53

A-level results day 2020
A-level results day 2020. Picture: PA

By Maddie Goodfellow

Despite record-high results, more than 200,000 A-level students have been downgraded, with students, teachers and parents criticising the "unfair" system.

This years results day was very different, with students having not sat exams due to schools being closed during the pandemic.

Yesterday, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that students will be able to use their mock exam results to appeal if they are unhappy with their grades, in a last minute government u-turn.

Students will also be allowed to retake exams in autumn if they wish.

The "panicked" changes have been criticised by students and parents alike, saying they have increased stress.

It is also thought that this will be one of the busiest clearing days ever, with more student likely to gain university places though the system.

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