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Edexcel was testing its online 'A' level results service over the weekend when it left a web server live and accidentally released grades a week early.

The cock-up happened on Saturday morning and was fixed by early afternoon, by which time several dozen students had seen their results and texted grades to friends too.

A spokeswoman explained that tests had been carried out to ensure the service stayed up during a short but very busy peak period. The company is still investigating why the server was made live.

Edexcel said: "While we believe that no student will be unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged as a consequence, we would like to apologise to schools and students who might feel unsettled by this issue."

Competition for university places is particularly fierce this year as kids try to reduce the impact of huge rises in fees.

Edexcel's apology is here.

The news follows a similar screw-up in Scotland where exam boards texted students their grades early. ®

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