Identical twin sisters who took the same A levels have become the first students from their town to secure places at Cambridge University in more than 30 years.
Kirsty and Zoe Green, from Thorne, found out this morning that they had achieved virtually the same grades in history, English and religious studies to guarantee their places at Cambridge.
Two years ago the blonde twins, who attend Trinity Academy in Thorne, got very similar results in their 22 GCSEs. Now they each have A*s in English, As in religious studies and an A* for Zoe and an A for Kirsty in history.
The twins’ success is among a string of top grade stories from Trinity Academy, part of the Emmanuel Schools Foundation, which opened in 2005.
Other top performers are:
- Jessica Forshaw, a talented artist who achieved four A*s in art, English, psychology and sociology, to be top of her year group. She has been offered a place at Sheffield University to read psychology
- Thomas Howard, who is going to Durham University to study engineering after achieving an A* in physics and As in chemistry, biology and mathematics;
- Simon Sykes, who got As in physics and chemistry and an A* in mathematics and will read chemical engineering at Newcastle University;
- Lee Lawson, whose three As in mathematics, biology and physics secures his place at Imperial College, London, to study geology;
- Petra Harrison, who gained A*s in English and applied business and an A in economics to study marketing management at Lancaster University.
Overall the pass rate was 98.2 per cent with 71.6 per cent being A*-C, an increase of 1.3 per cent on last year’s top grades.
Success came across many subject areas, with business, art, English, history, Italian, law, mathematics, physics, photography, psychology and sociology all celebrating students achieving A* grades.
Principal Ian Brew said: “Today we are celebrating another outstanding set of results with our students who have worked tremendously hard to achieve this success.
“This group of students is the first to have spent their entire secondary education at Trinity so we are especially proud that they have done so well.”
Mr Brew added: “We must make special mention of Kirsty and Zoe, who have made history in becoming Trinity Academy’s first Oxbridge students. For one to do so well would have been fantastic; to have them both achieving almost identical grades is exceptional.
“Both sisters have combined talent and dedication to their studies with being outstanding ambassadors for Trinity Academy, giving their time to others in many ways. We will miss them but wish them well for the future.”
The success of the Green twins and others is a huge advance on seven years ago when only 11 students had the confidence to apply for university.
This year, 78 of the 96 in Year 13 applied and gained offers for university, including Durham and Imperial College, London.
Mr Brew said the academy had been pleased to welcome students from other schools into Trinity’s 300-strong sixth form.
“They settled in well and have loved it here. I am pleased to say their decision to join us has paid off as many have achieved top results today,” he added.