Miracle as twins score exactly the same A-level grades in the same subjects
PUBLISHED: 15:52 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 23:24 17 August 2018
Ella and Amy Marr, from East Bergholt, will now go off to the same university to study the same degree subject after their resoundingly similar success.
They look alike, think alike and share many of the same interests.
But even friends and family were shocked when twins Ella and Amy Marr, who had already chosen to study the same subjects at sixth form, miraculously got exactly the same grades at A-level.
And guess what - they are both going to study at the same university to study the same subject, although they might draw the line at sharing living accommodation.
The 18-year-old twins, who are non-identical but have still confused teachers with their similar looks for years, both decided to study biology, psychology and law at The Sixth Form College, Colchester.
“It wasn’t intentional,” said Amy. “We both just like the same sort of things.
“We’re both quite close and have the same friendship group. She’s maybe a little shier than me, but we’re very similar.”
Having shared much of their lives together, with both having attended Holbrooke Academy and sitting next to each other for their sixth form biology classes, they naturally travelled together from their home in East Bergholt to Colchester to pick up their results.
Ella opened her results first to reveal an A for biology and A*s for law and psychology.
And when Amy opened her envelope a few seconds later, friends were astounded to see she got exactly the same grades in the same subjects.
“It was a shock,” said Amy, who revealed the pair also nearly got matching GCSE results, with Ella scoring five As and four A*s and Amy getting five A*s and four As.
“People were pretty shocked we got exactly the same.
“I think it was just laughter more than anything - but everyone was just happy for us.
“I was a bit worried when I was opening my results, but when I saw we had got the same I was so happy.”
Part of the reason for their matching grades might be their similar learning styles and approaches, with both preferring visual aids during revision and starting their exam studies early.
Both say they are “committed and won’t settle for second best” - even if for the top honours between them, they do have to settle for equal first.
Although the pair did not revise together, they often swapped notes because of the time-saving benefits and would test each other ahead of the exams.
Both are now preparing to go to York University to study psychology.
“I think it was just the subject we enjoy the most,” Amy said.
“We both went up to York and liked it, so we thought: ‘Why not?’
“It’ll be nice for Ella to be there but to be honest, I’d prefer to be in separate halls for a bit of individuality.”