Twins make the grade two years early in their GCSE
MAMMA MIA! Twins have achieved A*s in their Italian GCSEs – and scored exactly the same marks across all four units of their work.
And what makes the achievement even more incredible is that the 14-year-old Year 9 twins have taken the subject two years early.
Ella and Phoebe Middleton, from Ivybridge Community College, got their results on Thursday.
"We were so excited when we arrived at college," Ella said. "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*s."
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"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 Mrs Pearce, our teacher, enough for the help and encouragement she has given us – we wanted to get good grades for her as well as for ourselves."
Ella and Phoebe were encouraged to study for the GCSE early by their mother after returning from Italy when they were aged 10.
The Middleton family had spent two years there while their father was serving in the Royal Marines, and mum Anna was insistent that they attended an Italian school rather than the forces' English school.
"I love foreign languages 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," Anna said.
Despite their head-start, gaining A*s was still no easy task for Ella and Phoebe, so Ivybridge Community College assistant principal Amy Pearce gave up her time to help the girls during school lunch breaks.
"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," she said.
The girls' GCSE consisted of four units and in every unit they got the same marks. "The exam papers were quite easy, 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," Phoebe added.