Identical Worthing twins celebrate identical A-Levels

Twins Oli and James Lewis
Twins Oli and James Lewis

IDENTICAL twins who secured the same grades in the same subjects will head to the same university after securing top marks in their A-Levels.

James and Oli Lewis, who attended Worthing College, will study history at Queen Mary University, in London, after excelling with A,B,B grades.

Worthing college students celebrate their A-Level results

Worthing college students celebrate their A-Level results

Oli, 18, said: “Doing the same subjects just happened. We are just interested in the same stuff.

“There has to be a competitive element but I always end up losing. What he does just makes me want to do better.”

“The best scenario was having the same grades,” said James, with the duo both studying history, philosophy and film.”

The twins said they did ‘quite badly’ in the first year, which prompted them to focus and put ‘a lot of effort’ in to get their grades.

Twins James Shelton, 18, and his brother, Michael, both delighted by their results.ks1500371-2

Twins James Shelton, 18, and his brother, Michael, both delighted by their results.ks1500371-2

Another set of twins celebrating were James and Michael Shelton, 18, who both got a mixture of A* and A grades.

Both are heading to top universities - Warwick and Oxford respectively.

James, who narrowly missed out on an offer of a place at Cambridge earlier in the year, said: “It is great. I was worried this morning as I looked at my results and saw they were what I needed, but I didn’t do as well in the entry tests for Warwick. I was only a two marks off, though, so they accepted me anyway.”

Michael said the Oxford interview process - renowned for its tricky questions - was not as bad as expected.

Worthing college students celebrate their A-Level results

Worthing college students celebrate their A-Level results

He will study physics, after being offered a place following three days of questioning.

“We are proud of each other,” said James.

“It was a difficult day when I found out I hadn’t got into Cambridge but I’m still really pleased I got into Warwick.”

Worthing College celebrated its best-ever AS, A-level and BTEC results this year.

Worthing college students celebrate their A-Level results

Worthing college students celebrate their A-Level results

The overall pass rate for A-Levels was 98.4 per cent, with more than a third of students (39.1 per cent) clinching top marks between A* and B.

Likewise, the college’s BTEC Level Three pass rate was fractionally stronger than last years, standing at an 97.8 per cent, with more than three quarters of these picking up top grades.

Worthing College principal Peter Corrigan praised his ‘talented and inspirational’ staff and students for all their efforts. He said: “The results that our students achieved today are excellent.

“These students are the first to be taught exclusively at our outstanding new college and these results reflect the outstanding learning environments and teaching that the college provides.

James Attwood, 17, was one of the 90.3 per cent of students who passed their AS levels.

He opened his results letter to see he had achieved four A grades. He praised the quality of the facilities at the college, which helped him achieve his results.

Students celebrate their A-Level results

Students celebrate their A-Level results

The college was also lauded by Worthing West MP Sir Peter Bottomley, who said such establishments needed greater support.

He said: “The college principal Peter Corrigan rightly says these excellent results show the outstanding commitment to high quality learning, education and training.

“Sixth form colleges and Worthing in particular have earned recognition and deserve greater support. MPs intend to have further meetings with ministers to remove unnecessary burdens and to allow the college to help students of all abilities and backgrounds to learn, to train and to contribute in all ways possible.”