A-level success at the double for identical twins

Twins Callum (left) and Dominic Younger celebrate A-level day at St Robert of Newminster.

Twins Callum (left) and Dominic Younger celebrate A-level day at St Robert of Newminster.

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IDENTICAL twins Dominic and Callum Younger are celebrating success in their A-levels.

The pair, from St Robert of Newminster Sixth Form College, in Washington, may be similar in looks, but they have very different interests.

Dominic achieved A*s in history and religious studies and an A in law, and is hoping to study history at Dundee, while Callum, who plays drums, violin and piano, got an A in sociology, a B in drama and a C in music and plans to study folk music at Newcastle University.

The twins’ dad Paul Younger, a professor at Newcastle University, said: “Both worked really hard. Two years ago, they seemed not at all interested in academic study, then one day they just switched on the studying. I’m very proud.”

Headteacher Simon White is moving to a new school in September after seven years at St Robert’s, but he was delighted with the way all the students had performed.

He said: “We had a 99.4 per cent pass rate.

“We had 840 examination entries, which far exceeds the regional average, and we had 250 individual candidates. And with these levels of achievement it shows how successful St Robert’s is.

“It’s a stunning school, with stunning resources and a stunning staff.

“And, let’s not forget, – stunning students.”

Seven subjects at St Robert’s had 100 per cent pass rate at A* to C, including further maths, philosophy, French, Spanish and English literature. Spanish also achieved 100 per cent pass rate of A* to B.

Other shining stars were Tim Ellis who is off to study history at Oxford after achieving three A*s in history, RE and general studies and A in philosophy and Spanish.

Emily Graham got three A* and two As, Jonathan Woodley got A* in physics and maths and A in chemistry and is going to study civil engineering at Bath and Katie Bell achieved A* in RE and A in geography and psychology and will be taking up a place to study geography at Lancaster.

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