English Schools Foundation pupils have outperformed their British counterparts in this year's GCSE examinations, results of which were announced on Thursday. ESF schools gained a 92 per cent A* (distinction) to C pass rate compared with 62 per cent in the UK. They also achieved 50 per cent of A* or A, while the equivalent figure in Britain was just 19.1 per cent. ESF spokesman Peter Craughwell said pass rates were 'very high' every year, with little fluctuation. 'It's another good year,' he added. ESF students also fared better than UK pupils in this year's A-levels. More than 42 per cent of students in ESF schools gained at least one A grade, compared with the British average of 23 per cent. Students at German Swiss International School, who sat a combination of GCSE and International GCSE exams, achieved 46.9 per cent at A*. Almost 75 per cent gained As and 99.2 per cent were awarded C or above. Two students scored the best results ever in the history of the school, twins Bryce and Bryan Kam gaining 13As with 12 A*s. Students at Yew Chung International School achieved 25 per cent at A or A* in IGCSE exams. Ninety seven per cent of native Chinese-speaking students sitting their own language and 93 per cent of native-English speakers sitting English were awarded Grade C or above. IGCSE results for other schools, including Korean and French international, were not available as Education Post went to press. In Britain, boys hit back in the battle of the sexes. Figures showed they cut the gap in the numbers achieving five A* to C passes by 0.5 per cent to 7.7 per cent. In the overall pass rate and in the percentage of A* and A grade passes, they also narrowed the gap, by 0.1 per cent.