Twin students share GCSE success

Matthew and Rebeeca Douglas at Bede Academy.
Matthew and Rebeeca Douglas at Bede Academy.

Twins at a county academy have shared GCSE success.

Matthew and Rebecca Douglas achieved nine A*s, 11 As and two Bs between them as pupils at Bede Academy in Blyth, raised the bar recording the schools highest ever benchmark GCSE pass rate up 15 per cent on last years results.

Kirsty Routledge from Bede Academy.

Kirsty Routledge from Bede Academy.

Top performing boy Matthew, 16, of Blyth, who achieved seven A*s, three As and one B said: “I’m absolutely elated.

“It’s been a lot of effort and I’ve relied heavily on Rebecca to push me when we’ve been working – she was the real driving force behind our revision sessions.

“It’s a bit overwhelming to be to top performing boy, I knew it was possible but I didn’t expect it and I’d like to thank the superb help I’ve had from all of the teachers here especially in the last few months.”

Matthew will be returning to study his A levels in Chemistry, Biology and Maths at Bede Academy in the hope of pursuing a career as a doctor.

Twin sister Rebecca, who is 40 minutes younger than her brother, gained two A*s, eight As and one B.

“I’m over the moon,” said the aspiring pediatrician who will also be taking her A levels at Bede Academy in the same three subjects as her brother.

“I knew Matthew would do slightly better than me as he has more natural ability but I’m very happy to come a close second.”

Continuing its rapid progression in students achievement the academy saw 66 per cent of grades hitting A*-C including English and maths, up from 51 per cent last year.

Principal Gwyneth Evans said: ‘We are encouraged by these results since they show improvement both in attainment and progress. Students have exceeded both the academy’s target and externally predicted results.

“The percentage of higher grades has increased in the majority of subjects with some exceptional departmental performances. The results are our best ever for English and maths, where we saw an improvement rate of at least nine per cent.”

In music, 89 per cent of grades were an A (up 16 per cent on last year), in chemistry a third of all grades were an A* while the figure was 17 per cent A*s for biology.

The overall top student was Kirsty Routledge who achieved seven A*s and four A grades.

“I’m so happy I think I am still in shock,” said the 16-year-old, from Blyth, who is set to study biology, chemistry and geography A levels at Bede Academy.

“I would have been happy to get all As so to get seven A*s is amazing.

“It’s been a lot of hard work, ever since year seven, but this is an amazing school and I couldn’t have done it without the incredible teachers that we have here.”