EDUCATION Secretary Gavin Williamson has claimed that he cannot remember the results of his A-levels.

As hundreds of thousands of students in England received their A-level grades, Williamson vividly recalled the day 27 years ago when he received his own results.

Pressed on what they actually were, he insisted that his memory failed him, although he acknowledged he did not get top marks.

“I didn’t get three A*s, it’s fair to say,” he said when pushed by LBC’s Nick Ferrari.

“I have forgotten, it is so long ago. It is 27 years ago.

“You probably can’t remember what was happening last weekend.”

Earlier, however, Williamson recounted how he went to his sixth form college in Scarborough to pick up the envelope with his grades.

He recalled his “absolute delight” when he saw the results and realised ”all my dreams of doing social science at Bradford University” had been achieved.

“For a lad growing up in Scarborough, Bradford was the most exotic and exciting place in the whole world,” he said.

“It opened up the pathway to those next steps and I was absolutely delighted.”

Meanwhile in Scotland exam result figures were published this morning. Students have known their individual grades since the end of June, due to the use of an alternative grading model focused more heavily on teacher judgment.

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In general, the number of students receiving between and A and a C – known as the attainment rate – fell in all of the qualifications published by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The number of total entries to the SQA rose by 8,201 to 660,661, with almost 137,000 pupils receiving certificates today.

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville described the results as “strong”, adding they had been “achieved under extraordinary circumstances”.