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Parents delighted as twins hit double top
4:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
THERE were double celebrations yesterday for a twin brother and sister who scored six top A-level grades between them.
Ben and Laura Bulson were both among the top performers at Ledbury’s John Masefield High School, notching up two A* grades and four As between them.
Their efforts were part of another impressive set of Alevel results for the school, where the overall pass rate was 99 per cent, higher than the national average of 98.1 per cent.
Seventy-one per cent of all grades were A*-C and languages were a particular success story, with 85 per cent of students achieving A*-B grades in French and Spanish.
The Bulson twins, who are aged 18 and live in Bosbury, are both now looking forward to university.
Ben achieved A*s in chemistry and maths and an A in physics and will now study chemistry at Bristol while Laura, the school’s outgoing head girl, returned As in chemistry, biology and maths and is heading to Sheffield to study biology.
Proud parents Hugh and Jane were thrilled at their success.
“They had done well in the build-up and they are both delighted to achieve the grades they needed to get to the universities where they wanted to go,” said Mr Bulson. “They are really pleased because they were tough targets.
“They have worked very hard and we are really pleased for them and proud of them.”
Other top performers at John Masefield included Hannah Wall, with two As and a B and David Nash, with an A* and two Bs.
Headteacher Andrew Evans praised all students.
He said: “On the back of these results the vast majority of students will go on to their first choice universities and all can be proud of how well they have achieved,” he said.
There were also celebrations at Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre, where the overall pass rate was 97 per cent and the A*-C rate 67.3 per cent.
Two of the school’s top performers are now heading to Oxford university – Susie Gold, who achieved three A* grades, will study biological sciences and Toby Corrigan, who recorded three A*s and an A will be studying physics.
Head of sixth form Ian Britten called the results “brilliant” and said the school had once again enjoyed a particularly strong showing in the arts.
“We are really pleased with the results, which mean the vast majority of our students have got into their first or second choice universities,” he said.
Nationally the overall pass rate rose by 0.1 per cent to 98.1 per cent. However the number of top A* and A grades awarded fell for a second successive year to 26.3 per cent.
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