Twins celebrate their huge haul of 16 A* GCSE grades

Twins Eleanor and  Hannah Burford with their results Picture: Tom Harrison/ Solent News & Photo Agency UK

Twins Eleanor and Hannah Burford with their results Picture: Tom Harrison/ Solent News & Photo Agency UK

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  • Brainy twins, 16, net 16 A* grades between them
  • Now both will go on to study at sixth form
  • They are pursuing dream careers in engineering and chemistry
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Twin 16-year-old girls are over the moon after gaining an amazing 16 A*s between them.

Clever Hannah and Eleanor Burford, achieved 20 GCSEs – 16 A*s, three As and one B.

Surprisingly there was no competition between me and my sister, we are just thrilled for each other

Hannah Burford

Their results mean they are among the highest achievers at Portsmouth High School and can now go on to study at sixth form.

Hannah and Eleanor were joined by their mum Susan, 51, yesterday when they nervously picked up their results from the independent school.

Hannah said she was ‘over the moon’ with her nine A*s and one A which will she hopes will help her land her dream future career in engineering.

Her sister Eleanor got seven A*s, two As and a B in her results and said she ‘couldn’t have dreamed of doing better’.

The twins, from Emsworth, will both now study at the school’s sixth form.

Hannah will study mathematics, further mathematics, design technology (graphics) and physics as she wants to go into engineering after education.

Eleanor has decided to study chemistry and mathematics and is considering studying geography and religious studies as her last two choices.

Susan said she is extremely proud of her daughters and planned to celebrate with a family meal out.

Eleanor, who is considering a career in chemistry after education, said: ‘I just can’t believe it, I’m so happy with the results I can’t stop smiling.

‘When I went to the school to get them I was really nervous, but opening them was a great feeling.

‘I’m doing chemistry and maths, I haven’t fully decided what the other two will be yet but I’m thinking about taking geography and religious studies.

‘I like chemistry, I haven’t decided what I want to do after education yet but possibly a career in chemistry.’

Hannah added: ‘I’m over the moon with my results.

‘Before I had them I was more nervous than ever.

‘I studied really hard and put a lot of effort into my exams so I’m just so happy to get the results I’ve got, I had no idea they would be that good though.

‘I want to go into engineering when I’m older. I’m going to do maths, further maths, physics and design technology at sixth form.

‘Surprisingly there was no competition between me and my sister, we are just thrilled for each other.’

Susan said she was so nervous about her daughters’ results that she barely slept. She said: ‘They’ve done incredibly well, I’m extremely proud of them.’

Portsmouth High School received 95 per cent of grades from A* to B – more than double the national average of 43.3 per cent. Pupils achieved 47 per cent of A*s, 78 per cent of grades were A* to A and 98 per cent were A* to C.

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