HARTLEPOOL twins Matthew and Collette Larkin are celebrating a dual success after achieving one A* and five A grades between them.
The clever 18-year-old twins from the Hart Lane area, who studied at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, say they were delighted they both did so well.
Collette got As in chemistry, physics and maths while twin Matthew secured As in English language and RE and an A* in history.
The pair, who enjoy a friendly rivalry, say they both worked hard and paid tribute to the school staff.
Matthew, heading to Newcastle University to study history, said: “There has always been some friendly competition and Collette came out top in the GCSEs so I was pleased to pip her this time.
“But seriously, we get on really well, have the same circle of friends and it is great to have both done this well. I didn’t expect it at all.”
Collette, who is going to study chemical engineering at Edinburgh University, said: “We were both worried for each other beforehand because we wanted to do so well, but we are both delighted with the results.
“It is fantastic to have achieved it together.”
Other high achievers at the college include Bartek Wawrykow who got two A*s, one A and a C and Laura Fisher who was the top performing girl with one A* and two As.
Meanwhile, rower and aspiring Olympian Hannah Picknutt, who is to start training full-time, was also pleased with her results.
The 18-year-old rows for Tees Rowing Club and is part of the GB starter programme and has an eye on the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.
Hannah, from Clavering, picked up C grades in PE, history and RE. She said: “I have been rowing for the last three years and it is my passion in life.
“I train six days a week, from 7.30am in the morning, and take part in the GB training camps once a month.
“My ambition is to get to the 2020 Olympic Games. It has been hard juggling college and training but I am pleased with my results.”
Christian Terry is off to Bristol University to study mechanical engineering after securing two A* grades in physics and maths and an A grade in further maths.
The 18-year-old said: “My grades are better than I expected, I am delighted.”
Katie Cumming, 18, was another high achiever getting A grades in art and textiles, English literature and history and is off to Newcastle University to study English literature and history combined.
Abi McEvoy, 18, from Wingate, achieved an A in history and B grades in law and English literature and will study law at Newcastle University while Joe Griffiths, 18, is off to study physics at Edinburgh after scooping A grades in maths, physics and chemistry.
Joe said: “It is marvellous. I put a lot of hard work into getting these grades.”