Rowing twins receive identical grades in different subjects
TWIN sisters from Checkendon are heading to universities at different ends of the country after achieving
TWIN sisters from Checkendon are heading to universities at different ends of the country after achieving identical A-level results.
Hattie and Maddie Orr, who studied at the Abbey School in Reading, both scored two A*s and an A.
They both got the top grade in geography and biology, while Maddie picked up her A in English language and Hattie got hers in art.
Maddie will now be heading to Durham University toÂ study geography while Hattie will study archaeology at University College London. She said: “We were over the moon with our results but slightly shocked. Getting the same results made it easier for our parents and we are really excited about university, if a bit nervous.”
The girls admit that it will be strange living more than 250 miles away from each other, having spent their childhood in the same classes.
Hattie said: “It will be weird, especially living so far away. We’ve been at the same school for our whole lives but it’s a chance to make new friends.”
The twins are also accomplished rowers and compete for Shiplake Rowing Club. This season,Â Hattie won silver for Team GB in the quad at the Coupe de la Jeunesse championships in Poland whileÂ Maddie won the British Junior Championships in the coxless four, as well as captaining England to gold medals in the four and eight at the Home International Regatta in Cardiff.
Maddie added: “We’ve both chosen universities which are renowned for producing good rowers so we will definitely keep going.”Â
The Abbey saw a 100 per cent pass rate, with 89 per cent at A* to B and 66 per cent A* to A.
Headteacher Rachel Dent said: “The examination results are testament to the hard work, calm heads and balanced approach that the girls have taken throughout their studies and to our incredibly devoted and inspirational staff.”