Sheffield smart teenagers are top of the class on results day

Two sets of twins at Birkdale get top A-level results
Two sets of twins at Birkdale get top A-level results

Clever students from schools and colleges have continued to shine in their A-level exam results, achieving dozens of A* and A grades to buck the national trend.

This year there was a fall in the proportion of A-levels awarded top grades for the second year in a row.

Just over a quarter of exam entries – 26.3 per cent – were given A or A* grades across the country.

It was a double success for two sets of twins at Birkdale School in Broomhill – who scooped 10 top grades between them.

Twins James and Lincoln Greatrick and Stephanie and Joanne Twomey celebrated A* and A grades.

Another four students got into Oxbridge universities.

Joanne, aged 18, of Dore, who got two As and an A* while her sister got three As and an A*, said: “We are so pleased to do well – I was quite worried but Birkdale always encourage us to be positive.

“It was helpful doing it together because if one of us wasn’t feeling motivated they would see the other doing revision and get spurred on to do it.”

Twin success was also on the timetable for Sheffield High School pupils Grace and Lily Hosking, who both passed A-levels with straight A* or A grades.

Lily is going to Cambridge to read human, social and political sciences while Grace takes a gap year before going to Cardiff to study medicine.

Birkdale student Nabeel Ahmed achieved an outstanding seven A* grades in biology, chemistry, maths, further maths, additional further maths, statistics and physics.

And at King Ecgbert School in Dore an impressive 23 students got all A or A* grades.

Outstanding individual performances were also recorded at High Storrs School.

George Bennett, of Hunters Bar, got two A*s in maths and further maths, an A in geography and a C in German.

The 18-year-old, who is going to study philosophy at University College London, said: “It’s good to know my future is secure now – I think my family will be really pleased.”

Budding actor Eddie-Joe Robinson – who recently played Sweeney Todd in a school production – also got two A*s in maths and further maths and As in physics and theatre studies. He will join George at UCL.

Eddie-Jo said: “I was pretty nervous this morning and I didn’t even open them straight away. I had to go into a room on my own to do it!”

Other top performers included Alex Prescott at Eckington School, who got three A*s in maths, physics and chemistry. He will study science at Durham University

Eight students at Notre Dame School got in to study medicine.

Muyuma Rai, at Barnsley Academy, the site’s first student to take four A-levels, got As in biology, chemistry, maths and psychology. She is heading to the University of Bradford to study clinical science before transferring to the University of Leeds to read medicine.

Sam Cheshire, at Thomas Rotherham College, got five A*s at A-level as well as an A at AS. He is going to study natural sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge.

Gareth Fittes and Alex Thomson from the same college are both going to Oxford or Cambridge.

Sheffield High School pupil Amake Uchegbu is going to Yale University in America after getting an A* in chemistry, history and maths with an A in religious studies and A in critical thinking at AS level.