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Double the success for GCSE twins

Double the nerves, then double the celebrations for identical twins who totted up 26 A*s between them. Rachel and Jennifer Thomson both achieved 13 A *s each, including further maths.

Rachel and Jennifer Thomson Credit: ITV

They took all the same subjects and in some subjects got the exact same scores; in others they did not drop a mark.

Whickham School head teacher Steve Haigh said he wasn't surprised with the girls' grades but was 'amazed' at the scores they achieved.


Concern over youth education and employment

Concern over youth education and employment as GCSE results expected Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

New figures out on Thursday are expected to show that the number of young people not in education or employment in the North East is rising.

It comes as teenagers across the region wait get their GCSE results.

But for many this is where their involvement in the education system will stop.

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GCSE results 2012: Top 10 schools in England

100% of pupils at the following schools in England had pupils with five good GCSEs (five A*-C passes). The average GCSE point score per pupil ranges from 816.3 at Colyton Grammar School to 684.1 in the tenth ranked school in Headington.

  • Colyton Grammar School, Devon
  • The Rochester Grammar School, Medway
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, Birmingham
  • Lawrence Sheriff School, Warwickshire
  • King Edward VI Five Ways School, Birmingham
  • Skipton Girls' High School, North Yorkshire
  • Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Trafford
  • Invicta Grammar School, Kent
  • King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
  • Headington School, Oxford


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Tables reveal thousands of pupils being 'let down'

  • Thousands of teenagers in England are being let down because they are not leaving school with a decent set of GCSE results
  • Less than 40% of their pupils are gaining at least five GCSEs at grade C or higher, including English and maths
  • In addition one in four schools and colleges are not producing any students with top grades in subjects that will help them win a place at a leading university
  • In around 600 schools and colleges no A-level student scored AAB in "facilitating" or preferred subjects

Heads threaten GCSE grade challenge

Head-teachers have been considering legal challenge to GCSE results Credit: PA

Head-teachers have been considering whether to mount a legal challenge over GCSE English after Ofqual said results would not be regraded.

The regulator admitted grade boundaries were higher in June than they were in January, but insisted it would be "inappropriate" to reconsider either of them.

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said it was not "acceptable or practicable" to make the students resit.

It warned it could still begin a legal challenge against grade boundary changes on the grounds that it had disadvantaged certain groups of students.