Students across the country are receiving their A-level results on Thursday, with many subjects re-designed so that coursework and modules are axed. The number of top A-level grades is at a six-year high, despite the introduction of new “tougher” exams this year, national figures show. For the second year running, boys are winning more of the highest grades than girls, with 26.2 per cent of girls achieving As or A* compared to 26.6 per cent of boys. This is the second year in a row that the A*-A pass rate has risen. One in 12 (8 per cent) entries scored… In total, 26.4 per cent of students were awarded either an A or A* this year, the highest since 2012 when 26.6 per cent achieved these grades. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.