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.
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.
Rik Stone originally left school at 15 with no qualifications. When his daughter started school he was inspired to go back into education.
The proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the second year running, official figures have revealed.