GCSE 'not academically challenging'
GCSEs are no longer "academically challenging", a leading headmistress has said.
Cynthia Hall, of Wycombe Abbey School, said moves to make the exams more relevant to students mean they are not tough enough for bright pupils.
The girls' boarding school in Buckinghamshire has topped a GCSE league table of private schools.
Some 99% of the school's GCSE entries were awarded at least an A grade in this summer's exams, with the 89 pupils notching up 734 A* grades between them.
Mrs Hall said she was delighted with the results, saying it had been a "particularly good year group".
But she raised concerns about the rigour of current GCSE exams.
"I would say that maybe it's to do with trying to make GCSEs relevant and applied to students," she said.
"It's completely understandable, it's so they can relate subjects to every day life.
"The problem with that is it may make those subjects more accessible. But in our point of view of academic studies for university it makes it less 'academic'.
"They have become more and more accessible to students, but they are not as academically challenging, in that sort of sense of the world 'academic'."