JEREMY Clarkson has offered his annual sage advice to A-Level students on results day.
Each year, Clarkson likes to remind youngsters that he got a C and 2 Us before going on to have an incredible broadcasting career, a Bentley, and loads of friends.
And he hasn't broken the old routine this morning.
Tweeting out to his 7.4million followers, Clarkson wrote today: "If the teachers didn’t give you the A level results you were hoping for, don’t worry.
"I got a C and 2Us and I’ve ended up happy, with loads of friends and a Bentley."
It was revealed this morning that students have scored record A-Level results this year after the number of top grades almost doubled under teacher-assessment.
A whopping 44% of grades were at A* and A this year, sky-rocketing from the 25% registered when exams were last held in 2019.
The number of pupils getting a B and above has also risen sharply to 70% with pupils at private schools and in London the biggest winners.
More than 210,000 18-year-old students in England have had their university places confirmed, with 192,000 at their first choice and increases in top grades for students from all backgrounds.
But while the proportion of top grades has grown, the percentage of those at C to EU has remained "relatively stable".
GRADE INFLATION FEARS
Officials admitted that the discrepancy is partly down to teachers giving their pupils "some benefit of the doubt".
Just under one in five (19%) of all grades awarded was at the top A* level.
And a massive 12,945 students in England registered three A*s compared to 7,774 last year and just 2,664 in 2018.
For the second year in a row final results were graded by teachers after exams had to be scrapped due to missed learning during lockdown.
The results have sparked fears of rampant grade inflation and a massive rush for university places that will strain the system.
There are also concerns about whether the unusually high results could penalise future generations once exams return.
Private schools have seen the biggest increase in A* and As, registering 70% of results at that grade this year compared to 44% in 2019.
On a regional level London saw the greatest increase in top level results, which were up by 7.2% compared to last year.
The East Midlands meanwhile registered the biggest rise in the proportion of students getting a C or above.
Exam regulator Ofqual said: "The overall increase in outcomes this year compared to previous years may partly reflect the change in assessment arrangements.
"For example, teachers may have given students some benefit of the doubt across the multiple opportunities many students had to show what they had learned – quite different from end of course exams."
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