The number of GCSE A* grades awarded to independent school pupils has increased 1.6% in 2016.
130,395 top grades were awarded this year - 34.5% of all grades. This represents a figure five times higher than the national level of 6.5%, which fell 0.1%.
Other figures using data from 39,310 candidates in 552 independent schools across the UK reveal:
• A*/A grades increased 1.1% to 61.9%, more than three times the national average of 20.5%.
• Candidates achieving 5 or more A*-C grades (which must include English and maths) increased 0.7% to 90.8%.
• Candidates achieving 5 or more A*-C grades (which must include English and maths at least one science and one modern foreign language) is 76.1% (-0.1%).
• Average points total per candidate increases from 480.1 to 483.4.
• The average number of GCSEs taken per candidate remains 9.6.
Full details including all data and a summary infographic can be found on the ISC website.