Great Britain

A-level revellers hit the town on wild night out to celebrate results

Revellers hit up some of the few UK venues to open despite clubs still not being able to open because of the country's coronavirus lockdown restrictions

A-level students partied the night away on Thursday night as they celebrated their results.

Students collecting their A-level results have gained the highest marks in at least a decade despite exams being cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

And it led to wild celebrations across the country as youngsters partied late into the night.

Revellers hit up some of the few UK venues to open despite clubs still not being able to open because of the country's lockdown restrictions.

Groups of students celebrating were instead seen leaving pubs – with some clearly a little worse for wear.

Photos taken in Leeds city centre show plenty of beaming students letting off steam after the stress of the highly-anticipated results day.

Revellers were subjected to temperature checks and socially distanced queues.

Some were seen getting carried away as they slumped on the pavement or had to be propped up by their pals.

England's exam regulator said it was forced to downgrade thousands of A-level results owing to "implausibly high" predictions submitted by teachers.

A-level results day descended in chaos as 39.1% of teachers' estimates for pupils in England were adjusted down by one grade or more, according to data from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

The downgrades – amounting to some 280,000 entries – were enacted as the nation's education officials grappled with the vexing issue of how to determine results in a year in which exams were cancelled due to coronavirus.

The Government is coming under increasing pressure to review its moderation and appeals system, with pupils complaining they have been let down.

Experts warned poorer students will be affected most due to reassessments which consider schools' past performances.

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