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Swindon GCSE 2013: Twins celebrate at Nova Hreod
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IT WAS a real family affair at Nova Hreod as two sets of twins compared the GCSE results - and there was a hint of sibling rivalry in the air.
Beth and Hollie Snyder, 16, couldn’t help taking a peek over each others shoulders as they opened their results slips, but there are no hard feelings between the pair.
Hollie admitted: “Beth got the better results. I was very nervous last night and it was shocking while I was opening the envelope for the first time. They are far better than I expected, and I am really pleased with getting As in my Art and History results.“
Beth added: “We are going out for a meal tonight to celebrate. We already had a results party on Tuesday, which was quite cheeky before we had found out what we got. We will both be going to New College. Twins do have to stick together.”
Another set of twins, Steve and Edward Dean, were more competitive about their efforts.
“Steve did better, and I am very upset,” said Edward.
“I should have beaten him as the older brother. But there are only 31 minutes between us, so I shouldn’t be too ashamed.”
Steve said: “I am never going to let him live this one down. But there wasn’t really much between us, there were only a couple of results I did really well in. We are both going to go to Swindon College. I’m going to study sports, and he is going to study cooking.”
Early indications showed Nova Hreod had performed above expectations, particularly in Maths and Engineering.
Headteacher Julie Tridgell, said: “It looks like we have improved on last years results in almost every area and we are absolutely thrilled. There are lots of superb individual performances.
“The subject we have made the biggest improvement in is Maths, as well as some outstanding engineering results.
“For me it is all about individual incentivisation. The way we have improved in English and Maths is the result of really committing to those subjects, and that has really helped in achieving the final distinction.
“Maths results from A* to C have gone up by 11 per cent, and that is a significant reflection of the work of the school in committing to the core subjects.
“This is bucking against the trend which has been reported that grades were going to drop this year.”
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