Sheffield students bucked the national trend in this year’s A-levels, achieving high grades as the number given top marks dipped across the country, it was revealed this week as the full picture of the city’s results emerged.
There was a fall in the proportion of A-levels awarded top grades for the second year in a row, and just over a quarter of entries – 26.3 per cent – were given A or A* nationally.
But among the high-achieving Sheffield students were twins James and Lincoln Greatrick, and Stephanie and Joanne Twomey, who celebrated receiving 10 A* and A grades at Birkdale School.
Joanne, aged 18, of Dore, got two As and an A* while her sister got three As and an A*.
Fellow Birkdale student Nabeel Ahmed achieved an outstanding seven A* grades.
Twin success was also in store for Sheffield High School pupils Grace and Lily Hosking, who both passed A-levels with straight A* or A grades.
Lily is off to Cambridge while Grace takes a gap year before going to Cardiff.
The high school said more than 50 per cent of all subjects passed were at A* or A.
Elsewhere, Longley Park Sixth Form College achieved a 99 per cent overall pass rate, and an increased A* to B pass rate of 36 per cent.
Shiregreen’s Callum Willis, 18, achieved A*s and As in four subjects and is studying engineering at Cambridge.
Sheffield Park Academy on the Manor said its A* to B pass rate had risen from 24 per cent in 2012 to 50 per cent this year, its ‘best ever’ results.
Hallam University received tens of thousands of calls to its clearing line, and said ‘several hundred’ were offered places.
More good news was in store for Tapton School student Tyler Reid, who won a trip to New Zealand through a competition on results day.