GCSEs: Greig City Academy twins with 16 As and A*s fuelled by ‘competitive’ spirit

PUBLISHED: 17:58 22 August 2013 | UPDATED: 18:12 22 August 2013

Twins Joseph and Winnie Simeon celebrate at Greig City Academy (Picture: Tony Gay)

Twins Joseph and Winnie Simeon celebrate at Greig City Academy (Picture: Tony Gay)


Twins who earned 16 As and A*s at GCSE between them revealed they didn’t revise together because they’re too “competitive”.

Renee Bradbury (left) celebrates with her best friend Nezere Parkin at Greig City Academy (Picture: Tony Gay)Renee Bradbury (left) celebrates with her best friend Nezere Parkin at Greig City Academy (Picture: Tony Gay)

Greig City pupil Joseph Simeon was celebrating getting higher grades than sister Winnie, after achieving four A*s and five As.

But the 16-year-old still had time to give his twin a cuddle and after earning seven As herself, his sister had the last laugh by saying she was “naturally smarter”.

Joseph and Winnie, who live in Bounds Green, now have their hearts set on studying at Oxford and Cambridge respectively.

They were among 52 per cent of pupils getting five A* to C grades including maths and English at the school in High Street, Hornsey, a 20 per cent jump on the school’s performance in 2010.

Principal Paul Sutton said: “These are our best ever GCSE results and the school has now passed the important 50 per cent milestone.

“The GCSE results are on an established upward trajectory and I am confident they will continue to improve.”

Joseph, who wants to follow a career in The City, said: “So many people say we have an advantage because we can revise together.

“But it’s not like that because we have such a competitive spirit.”

Renee Bradbury, 16, of Coolhurst Road, Crouch End, who earned one A*, one B and seven Cs, admitted studying had been “stressful”.

She said: “There was a lot of help from the teachers and revision sessions. That made it easier.”

She jumped for joy with best friend Nezere Parkin, 16, from Tottenham, who got four As.

Sixteen-year-old Okorite Amachree, of Park Road, Hornsey, who got one A* and five As, had taken her mind off exam stress with a family holiday in Nigeria.

She said she was “really happy” with her A* in history and that she enjoyed the subject because there’s “no right or wrong” answer.

Monitoring of the student’s performances had helped push up the grade achievements, according to vice-principal David Hearn.

He said: “They all have a member of the senior or pastoral team attached as an individual mentor and they meet with the children on a regular basis.

“We’ve done lots of one-to-one tuition if they’re in danger of under-achieving.”

Gunes Can, 16, from West Green, was the school’s top-achieving girl with seven A*s while Rowland Rich finished highest of the boys, getting all A*s and As.


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