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

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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.”

U Uxbridge Col­lege, wh where stu­dents com­plete the their GCSEs in one year, ha had the high­est suc­cess rat rate in Lon­don for co col­lege re­sults for

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

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