Double the celebrations for talented twins
Three sets of high-achieving twins were among the hundreds of pupils opening their GCSE results in Hillingdon last week. KATHERINE CLEMENTINE reports
SWAKELEYS School for Girls saw double the success with two sets of twins scooping a staggering 31 A*s at GCSE between them.
Twin sisters Sophie and Alice Bloodworth and Lauren and Jessica Jablonski were amongst the highest performers at the school achieving at least five A*s each, with Sophie attainting 11 A*s and an A grade.
Headteacher Sue Pryor said: “We are delighted with these results which reflect the hard work of students and staff.
“For the third year running, more than 20% of the girls achieved more than 5A*/A grades and 42 per cent secured the prestigious English Baccalaureate qualification which requires them to achieve C grade or above in English, Maths, Science, a Modern Foreign Language and History or Geography.”
72 per cent of all students from Swakeleys School for Girls achieved top A* to C grades in both English and Maths.
Meanwhile, Uxbridge High School had their own pair of smart twin sisters, with Catriona and Amelia Bowman collecting their results together.
Amelia was one of the school’s top performers with 11 A*s 1 A and 1 B.
She said: “Waiting for the results was worse than the actual exams but I’m really happy. I’m so pleased with my A* in Spanish as I wasn’t expecting it. I’ll do chemistry, biology, maths and geography at A level.”
She and her twin, Catriona, who was “so pleased to get all As and Bs,” will be off to Bishop Ramsey sixth form in the autumn.
Uxbridge High School is being measured this year according to the progress a student has made, as opposed to the traditional measure of percentage at grades A* to C.
Nigel Clemens, Principal, said: “We are pleased to be an early adopter school for Progress 8. We believe this to be a much fairer measure for the school as it takes into account the progress of all students rather than just those crossing the traditional C/D grade borderline.
“Our early calculations show that we will meet national standards in this measure. I would like to congratulate all students on their results, but particularly those who made exceptional progress achieving two or more grades per subject above expectations.”
In Ickenham, Vyners School celebrated their highest GCSE results on record with 82 per cent gaining five A* to C grades, an increase on 75 per cent last year and 68 per cent in 2013.
Head teacher, James Heale, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the result. “It demonstrates how hard staff have worked over the past three years. It’s been a great year and hopefully we can sustain this success for next year.”
Cara Guyan, one of the top performers was delighted to get 10 A*s and 2 As.
She said: “I was so happy when I opened the envelope, I just couldn’t believe it! I was most plea pleased with the A* in mat maths as it’s my favourite sub subject and I hope to take it a at university in the futu future.”
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students ages 16-18 and 19 and over with 98% achieving grades A* to G.
Amanda Washbrook, Head of Uxbridge College Academy, said:“Unlike in schools, Uxbridge College’s GCSE students have just one year to study and sit their exams which is why they usually take up to five subjects.
“They may be taking GCSEs for the first time, perhaps having come from overseas, missed school because of health problems, or achieved lower grades than they wanted for other reasons. Again this year we are delighted to see so many GCSE achievers now in a position to move on and pursue the futures they really want.”
One of their top achievers was 17-year-old Ibrahim Malik. He achieved A* grades in maths, chemistry and physics, and A grades in ICT and biology and will be going on to take A-levels.
n JUMPING FOR JOY: Stockley Academy pupils (from left) Kuljeet Bhogal, Jessica Lake, Yasmin Chentouf, Courtney Newens
n CREATIVE: Zoe Atkinson, pictured with Vyners School art teacher Mrs Vine, achieved a distinction in her art BTEC
n SISTER ACT: Twins Jessica and Lauren Jablonski, from Swakeleys School for Girls
n SUCCESS: Cara Guyan, was one of the top performers at Vyners School with 10 A*s and 2 As
nIT’S A TWIN THING: Catriona and Amelia Bowman picked up results at Uxbridge High School