TWINS Alexandra and Lewis Hickey have notched up an impressive haul of GCSE results between them.
The siblings helped Boldon School towards a pass rate of 45.5 per cent for pupils gaining five or more grades A* to C, including maths and English.
Alexandra gained six A*s, two As and a B, while her brother got five A*s and an A, a B and a C, as well as two distinction pluses in music and ICT.
The 16-year-olds, from The Cotswolds, Boldon Colliery, will go on to study A-levels at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy.
Alexandra said: “They were better than I was expecting, so I was really pleased.”
She will go on to study chemistry, biology, maths and English literature, while her brother will do the three sciences and maths.
Lewis said: “I didn’t expect the A* in English, but other than that I was pretty confident.”
Proud mum Jacqueline said: “I’m over the moon. We expected them to do well, because they have put an awful lot of work in.
“Up to now they have done very well but we are thrilled to bits with them.
“They are really marvellous results and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Bethany Gibson, 16, from Jarrow, gained nine A*s and an A and will go on to do A-levels in further maths, physics and English literature.
She said: “I am really pleased because I got into sixth form at St Joseph’s.”
Joshua Peterson, 16, from Boldon, left with an A*, five As and three Bs.
He said: “There was a lot of hard work and revision involved so I’m really happy with that.”
The teenager dreams of a career as a barrister and will take A-levels in law, geography, history and English literature at St Joseph’s.
Boldon School headteacher Elizabeth Hayes was delighted with the achievement of pupils.
She said: “Our results are up slightly on last year and our science results have improved against the trend.
“There are many outstanding individual performances.
“Congratulations to all the pupils, who have worked really hard.”