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Chinese students outperformed all other ethnicities in last year's GCSEs, a Government study has revealedREUTERS

Chinese pupils are the brightest in the country after achieving almost 20% more top GCSE grades than their British schoolfriends.

Research by the Department for Education into last year's GCSE grades show pupils from China outperformed every other ethnicity in the key stage 4 exams.

More than 77% of Chinese students bagged five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C or equivalent including English and mathematics GCSEs last year.

In the same exams 60% of white British students achieved the same measure.

Children of travellers, gypsy or Roma ethnicity fared worst in last summer's exams, with only 13% achieving the benchmark results.

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Children from traveller, Gypsy or Roma families performed worst in last year's GCSE exams, a government study has revealed

The top five performing ethnicities were:



White and Asian

Any other mixed background

Any other Asian background

The bottom performing ethnicities were:

Children of travellers, Gypsy or Roma

Black Carribean

White and Black Carribean


Any other Black background

Analysis of GCSE results show girls achieved better results than boys last yearReuters/Charles Platiau

The government study also revealed girls still hold sway in the classroom with 65.7% achieving five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C or equivalent including English and mathematics GCSEs, while only 55.6% of boys did.

The 10.1-point gap is the largest in five years but both sexes fared better last year than in 2009, when boys and girls achieved a pass rate of 47.1 and 54.4% respectively.