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Felsted School GCSEs: Twins from Sawbridgeworth bag 11 top grade 9s and six 8s between them




Twin girls from Sawbridgeworth achieved 17 of the top grades 9 and 8 between them in their GCSEs at Felsted School.

Isabella and Olivia Copeland are weekly boarders at the independent school in Essex.

Isabella gained eight 9s, one 8 and an A in additional maths. She will be staying on to take A-levels in French, history, TEP (theology, ethics and philosophy) and government & politics.

Twins Olivia, left, and Isabelle Copeland, from Sawbridgeworth (50170303)
Twins Olivia, left, and Isabelle Copeland, from Sawbridgeworth (50170303)

Olivia achieved three 9s, five 8s and a 7, and will be doing A-levels in economics, French and maths at Felsted.

The twins were part of the school's national cup-winning under-18 cricket team in 2019 and both completed their Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award this year. Isabella also plays first-team hockey.

At Felsted, 57% of all grades were 9, 8 and 7 – equivalent to the old A* and A – and 99% were 9-4. Five students were awarded at least nine 9s while 11 achieved a clean sweep of 8s and 9s. The school is particularly proud of its computing results, where 50% achieved 9s.

Top achiever Toby Clark, from Felsted, pictured with deputy headmaster Mr Masters, secured ten 9s plus an A in additional maths (50169730)
Top achiever Toby Clark, from Felsted, pictured with deputy headmaster Mr Masters, secured ten 9s plus an A in additional maths (50169730)

Top achievers were Toby Clark, from Felsted village, and Helen Matthews, who both got a clean sweep of 10 grade 9s plus A grades in additional maths. Helen, from Chelmsford, also did art off timetable and achieved a 7 in that.

Toby enjoys coding and gained a distinction in the Perse Coding Team Challenge. He balances his studies playing rugby sevens and as a member of the drama technical team. He will be studying chemistry, maths, further maths and physics A-levels at Felsted.

Helen plays piano and violin in the school's senior orchestra and sings in the senior choir. She is fully involved in LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) and has performed in Felsted's productions of Goodnight Mr Tom and Beauty and the Beast. She will be staying on to do drama, English literature, history and Latin A-levels with a view to a career in the performing arts.

Her fellow Beauty and the Beast cast member, Zara Draper, a day student from Felsted village, got six 9s, three 8s and a 7. She is going on to study A-levels in drama, economics, German and history with a view to taking history and German at university.

Zara Draper, a day student from Felsted village, achieved six 9s, three 8s and a 7 (50169726)
Zara Draper, a day student from Felsted village, achieved six 9s, three 8s and a 7 (50169726)

Alexandra Carson, a three-night boarder from Felsted village, achieved seven 9s and two 8s and will be staying on to study the IB Diploma (higher levels in philosophy, psychology and sports science). She plays all three of Felsted’s main sports of netball, tennis and hockey; she also completed her Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award this year.

Headmaster Chris Townsend said: “I'm particularly proud of the way they have adapted to the challenges of the last 18 months and they are fully deserving of these impressive results. I am also very grateful to all our parents and of course to our staff, who have provided outstanding support at all times, but particularly in these last two difficult years.”

Felsted is an independent co-educational boarding and day school, and educates pupils aged 13-18 from the UK and overseas. Students can study A-levels or the IB Diploma in the sixth form.

Alexandra Carson, from Felsted village, achieved seven 9s and two 8s (50169724)
Alexandra Carson, from Felsted village, achieved seven 9s and two 8s (50169724)


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