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Sibling rivalry spurs on GCSE pupils at Barnard Castle School
SIBLINGS took family rivalry to new heights in a battle of brain power.
Just a week after their older brothers secured stunning A-level results, Nick Moore and Fiona Matthews followed suit with top class performances in their GCSEs.
Sixteen-year-old Nick, of Barnard Castle, overcame dyslexia to achieve nine A*s and one A, two grades above his predicted performance.
He plans to stay on at the school’s sixth form to study A-levels in maths, history, French and Spanish.
Fiona, 16, of Cotherstone, achieved seven A*s and three As, though she was unable to collect them in person as she is working on an elephant reserve in Africa.
Her brother Calum, 18, celebrated last week after securing a place at Trinity College, Oxford, to read classics, while Nick’s brother Chris is preparing to go to Manchester University to read physics.
He said: “Chris does spur me on. Being my older brother means I have something to live up to and I try and match what he does.”
Top performer and song-writer Lizzie Knight, of Barnard Castle, had something to sing about with 10A*s In total Barnard Castle School saw 15 students secure all A*s and A grades and for the eighth year running 90 per cent of pupils achieved A*-C passes.
The school also continues to buck the national trend doing well in traditional subjects such as English, maths and the sciences.
Headmaster Alan Stevens said: “These results vindicate our decision to stick with traditional subjects which give our students the very best chances in life.
“The GCSE results act as an invaluable barometer showing whether students are on the right track to achieving even higher academic qualifications that they will need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”
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