Mamma Mia! Devon twins, 14, both get top marks in Italian GCSE
A Devon family had a double dose of delight when their 14-year-old twins achieved A* grades in their Italian GCSE exams.
Ella and Phoebe Middleton, who are in Year Nine at Ivybridge Community College, discovered yesterday that they had scored exactly the same marks across all four units of their work.
"We were so excited when we arrived at college this morning," said Ella. "I was shaking and could hardly open my results envelope, but it was such a good feeling when we realised that we had both got A stars."
"The only pressure was the pressure we put on ourselves," added Phoebe. "We knew we were capable of getting top grades if we put our minds to it, and that's exactly what we did. We can't thank our Italian teacher Mrs Pearce enough for the help and encouragement she has given us – we wanted to get good grades for her as well as for ourselves."
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Ella and Phoebe were encouraged to study for the GCSE early by their mother Anna Middleton after they spent two years in Italy because their father was serving there in the Royal Marines.
"I love foreign languages," said Ms Middleton," and I felt it was important for them to fully immerse themselves in the Italian culture by going to school there. It wasn't a popular decision with the girls at first, but they're thanking me for it now."
Ivybridge Community College assistant principal Amy Pearce, who also teaches Italian, German and French, gave up her time to help the girls during school lunch breaks.
"Anna Middleton approached me at a 'Taste of Languages Evening' before the girls started at the college to ask if there was any way that we could help the girls maintain their grasp of Italian," said Mrs Pearce.
"I suggested that they could begin working towards a GCSE straight away – and it all went from there. Ella and Phoebe are extremely bright and ambitious girls, and they've been a pleasure to teach. I'm sure they'll go on to do just as well in their other GCSEs in two years' time."
The girls' GCSE consisted of four units, all of which they scored highly in.
"The exam papers were quite easy," said Phoebe, as we'd had lots of practice. The hardest part was the controlled assessments, where we had to prepare a piece, memorise it, then re-produce it in controlled conditions.
"We're anxious to start GCSE work with our friends," added Ella, "and it's great to know that we already have a GCSE."