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Summary

  1. Thousands of students across Wales found out their A-level results on 18 August
  2. The proportion of Welsh students gaining top A-level grades fell, but the overall pass rate stayed stable
  3. Hundreds of pupils in the UK already knew if they had been successful after a computer error leaked results of university applications

Live Reporting

By Rhiannon Beacham and Max Evans

All times stated are UK

Goodbye and good luck!

That brings our live coverage of today's A-level results to an end. Thanks for joining us.

You can read our full report on the results here.

Record breakers

A-level students across Monmouthshire are celebrating a record-breaking set of results.

The county's pass rate rose by nearly four percentage points to 99.1%, compared with 95.44% last year.

The rising pass rate also saw a record number of students  -28% - achieving the highest grades of A* to A. That is a 10% increase on last year.

Pupils at Chepstow School pick up their results
Monmouthshire council

Degrees 'retain earnings value'

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

Students in caps and gowns
PA

The ability of a university degree to pave the way for higher earnings has not been eroded by the increase in student numbers, say researchers. 

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has compared the advantages in incomes of UK graduates from the mid-1980s with those from the mid-1990s.

Read Sean Coughlan's full report here

'We want to see progress'

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams to look 'carefully' at A-level results

A-levels on Anglesey

On Anglesey, 96.9% of A-Level students achieved grades A to E.

Delyth Molyneux, head of lifelong learning, praised the "commendable" performance.

She said it was "encouraging to note that the A to E percentage is 100% in a significant number of subjects" and "the percentage achieving the A* grade across all subjects is 6.2%, an encouraging improvement on last year".

Got the A-level blues?

Rugby club encourages students on results day

Wales vs English regions

'Well-deserved achievements'

Powys pupils achieved a 97.5% pass rate for the county, down from 98.4% last year.

But results at grades A* to B - 48.1% - remained higher than the all-Wales figure.

Councillor Arwel Jones said: "Our warm congratulations go to all the young people on their well-deserved achievements and to all those who have supported them throughout their school careers." 

'Stressful day'

MP Mark Tami
BBC

Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami was with his eldest son as he picked up his results this morning.

"It’s obviously a very stressful day for students, parents and teachers alike. As always the results from the schools across Alyn and Deeside have not disappointed," he said.

“Although I am told that there has been a slight dip since last year, I am still very proud of the students across my constituency and I hope that these results open many doors for them."

One giant leap for student-kind

Tonyrefail School pupils celebrate on results day

'Excellent performance'

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, in Abergele, is celebrating its “best ever” A-level results with a 100% pass rate.

Head teacher Lee Cummins said: “Learners have excelled in both traditional and vocational subjects. Their excellent performance will allow our students to continue their lifelong learning journey.”

Teacher Ray Wood with, from left, Maisie Pepper, Hannah Mainon and Chloe Roberts
Emrys ap Iwan

Long wait finally over

Twins off to Bath

Rory and Ryan Doolan, from Coleg y Cymoedd, studied the same subjects and are both off to Bath University after achieving the same results.

Rory and Ryan Doolan
Wales News Service

Consistent Caerphilly

Councillor praises the 'dedication' of pupils and their results

Students from Caerphilly
Caerphilly council

The overall provisional pass rate for students in Caerphilly county borough schools for  is 97%, consistent with 2015's results, the council has revealed.

Councillor Derek Havard said: "These results have been achieved as a result of much dedication, hard work and perseverance by our students, together with the commitment and professional support of their teachers."

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Pembrokeshire pass rate down

The overall Pembrokeshire pass rate at A-Level this year was 96.6%, slightly lower than in 2015.

The council's director for children and schools, Kate Evan-Hughes said: "I am delighted to see the improvement for some of our schools, but we will be working closely with those whose outcomes this year have not seen significant positive changes."

Results on a table
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This couple are off to Oxford together!

Boyfriend and girlfriend Joseph Reed and Nia Williams, both 18, from Cardiff's Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, both got straight As. 

That means the happy couple have got into Oxford University.

Joseph Reed and Nia Williams
Wales News Service

Pupil sends grandad for results

Student dispatches her grandfather to collect her As

'Challenging circumstances'

Union says teachers have 'pulled out all the stops'

Chris Keates of NASUWT
BBC

Teachers union NASUWT's general secretary, Chris Keates, said Wales' young people were succeeding under "tremendous pressure".

"It is a testament to the hard work of teachers in Wales that they have achieved these excellent results against a backdrop of ever tighter school and college budgets and at a time of unprecedented change to the qualification system," she said. 

“Despite these challenging circumstances, teachers have pulled out all the stops to ensure that young people are supported to achieve their best."

'Demanding study'

Flintshire schools have seen 97.2% of A-level pupils achieve pass grades this year.

The proportion achieving of A* to C grades was 73%, down from 77.3% in 2015.

Councillor Chris Bithell said: "Flintshire's students have worked hard to pursue demanding programmes of study. I am delighted for all of them."

Clearing the way

The options when grades fall short?

Girl cries
DAVID PEREIRAS VILLAGR

Thousands of teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be receiving their A-level results on Thursday.

While many will be out celebrating their success, others will be disappointed and facing tough decisions.  

Want to know what it's all about? A BBC guide to all things clearing can be found here

'Selfie' belief

Bridgend College pupils get all selfie-reflective on A-levels results day

Owen Smith a 'nervous parent'

Labour leadership candidate wishes pupils luck - including those in his own family

How did you get on?

An exam paper marked with an A+
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How did you get on with your A-level results? Do you have any questions you want answering about what’s next?

You can share your reaction and experiences by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.

Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also contact us in the following ways:

'Failure to close the gap'

Welsh Conservatives react to the nation's A-Level results

While our students and teachers are due congratulations, the First Minister and his Cabinet Secretary for Education deserve no such praise. Their failure to close the gap on educational standards is a damning indictment of their ability to properly govern the nation."

Darren Millar AMWelsh Conservative Shadow Secretary for Education
Darren Millar
BBC

'Best ever'

College Merthyr celebrates its first student to study medicine AND its best results

On their way to top universities

Cardiff High School, which has seen "record-breaking results" this year, congratulates pupils

Wrexham bucks the trend

'Much to celebrate'

More than 30% of those sitting A-levels in Wrexham schools achieved A* or A grades, higher than the all-Wales figure of 22.7%, the council says.

But there was a "slight dip" compared with last year in the percentage of those awarded grades A* to C.

John Davies, head of lifelong learning, said: "There is much to celebrate!"     

Results paper
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'Congratulations on your hard work'

Kirsty Williams praises pupils,their families and teachers

BBC Wales' Geraint Thomas speaks to Welsh Education Secretary Kirsty Williams at Maesteg school.   

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The As have it!

BBC Wales' Geraint Thomas talks to students at Maesteg School

Rugby ref's message to students

'Not where we want to be in some areas'

Kirsty Williams
BBC

Welsh Education Secretary Kirsty Williams congratulated A-level pupils and said the number achieving the highest grades was “encouraging” – despite a top-grades fall in Wales.

“We can be proud of our pupils' performance in maths and the progress when it comes to the Welsh Baccalaureate,” she said, after visiting Maesteg School.

"However, there are some areas where we are not where we would want to be. I will be looking closely at the full details of these results and those we expect next week to see what lessons we can learn and what we can do differently.”

She said she would be “pushing further ahead” with reforms.

Mind the gap

BBC Wales' Matt Murray at Aberystwyth's Ysgol Penglais

Jumping for joy

BBC Wales' Matt Murray at Ysgol Penglais in Aberystwyth

Disadvantaged-advantaged divide in university admissions

Statistics have shown fewer pupils from poorer parts of Wales get to university.

In Wales, the entry-rate range is from just under 18% of 18 year olds in Aberavon, to more than 48% in Cardiff North.

For those in the most disadvantaged districts in Wales the average rate is 16.6%, almost the same as the year before.

Meanwhile, students living in what are classed as the most advantaged areas of Wales are five-and-a-half times more likely to go to a university with higher entry requirements than those from the most disadvantaged parts.  

Graphic map
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Rad results in Radyr, Cardiff

'Best wishes' from star

Welsh rugby international Jamie Roberts offers Twitter support

Education secretary seems suitably impressed by results

Kirsty Williams visits school

BBC Wales' Geraint Thomas says Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has arrived to meet students at Maesteg School. 

She looks suitably impressed as she talks to head boy Thomas Braund. 

Kirsty Williams
BBC

'Not getting easier'

BBC Radio Wales' Chris Dearden in Colwyn Bay

Phil McTague, head teacher at Ysgol Eirias, has a simple answer to people who ask if A-levels are getting easier:

"If Usain Bolt sets a new record in the 100m, people don't say the 100m is getting easier! Our students have worked really hard this year and we're proud of all their results."

Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Rio Olympics
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Record results

Coleg Gwent celebrates

The college's 484 students, who sat a total of 1,249 A-levels, achieved a pass rate of 98.5% - an increase of 1.7% from 2015.

Principal Guy Lacey said it was an "exceptional achievement".

“We are so proud of our students, they have been extremely committed to their studies and this is certainly reflected in the fantastic results this year."

Coleg Gwent Crosskeys campus
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