Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
4:30 PM 20th August 2020

Twin Delight On GCSE Results Day At The Grammar School At Leeds

There was double joy for five families at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) as five sets of twins in Year 11 picked up a grand total of 99 GCSEs today (Thursday 20 August).

photo by Simon Dewhurst
photo by Simon Dewhurst
Two sets of twins from Leeds are celebrating grades of 7, 8 or 9 in all subjects. Esha and Risha Gupta were on cloud nine, with 19 of the highest grade between them. Oliver and William Law achieved an impressive 15 top grade 9s.

Esha and Risha have mapped out identical plans through sixth form, choosing to study A-levels in maths, biology, chemistry and economics. Esha said:

“We’re so happy, our grades exceeded our expectations. We’ve made the most of our time off over the last few months but now we can’t wait to start school again.”

Clara and Orland Winters, from Leeds, have 20 passes between them, with 18 passes at grade 7 or above and a grade 9 apiece.

Harrogate twins Hannah and Lucia Davies chalked up 19 GCSEs between them, half at grade 7 or above, while Leeds pair Flossy and Iggy Clancy are celebrating 20 passes including 17 at 7 or above.

Overall at GSAL, students achieved a 100 per cent pass rate despite the challenges of the past few months.

There was a clean sweep of top grades for more than half (56 per cent) of students who achieved the coveted 7, 8 or 9 in every subject. Among them are 43 students who scooped grades 8 or 9 in at least 10 subjects. Eight students secured the top grade of 9 in all 10 of their GCSEs.

Over half (54 per cent) of all grades were at 8 and 9, with 33 per cent at the highly sought-after grade 9. Overall, every grade was at 4 or above, a 100 percent pass rate.

Principal Sue Woodroofe said:
“This has been a tremendously difficult year for students, families and school staff, following the abrupt end of face-to-face schooling and the restrictions of lockdown.

“Our students were disappointed to lose the opportunity to sit their examinations; however we are pleased that the assessment process has recognised their consistent hard work in senior school. Teaching staff followed Ofqual’s guidance diligently to produce a fair outcome for every student, through honest and accurate centre assessment grades.

“I am extremely proud of our GCSE students, and very appreciative of their parents and school staff who have tirelessly supported students through this very challenging period. I am hugely looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school in September”