IDENTICAL twins have notched up an amazing 19 A* GCSEs between them.
Sixteen-year-olds Matthew and Adam Waterson, from Fenay Bridge, astounded their parents as they revealed two sets of outstanding results.
Matthew, who is the oldest twin by 10 minutes achieved 10 A* grades while Adam gained nine.
Adam said: “We were really nervous when we got our brown envelopes. We didn’t want to open them or see what was inside.
“We opened them together and were really relieved when we saw our results.
“We worked hard during study leave but it’s difficult to say how many hours exactly we worked.
“We both play in a brass band so we went to practice as well.
“There is a healthy level of competition between us. We always want to see who has done better in tests and then we compare but we are not ridiculously competitive.”
The boys took similar GCSEs including maths, physics, chemistry, biology, English literature, English language, geography and music.
Matthew achieved an A* in French and an A in German while Adam gained an A in both French and Spanish.
They additionally took on ICT in which they both gained a distinction along with Citizenship and Religious Studies.
The Waterson twins are not the only family members to have excelled in their exams this summer.
Their older brother, Tim, achieved two A*s, an A and a B at A level last week and is due to go to Jesus College in Oxford to study history and economics.
Dad Michael said: “ I think they have been really pleased with what they have got.
“They have worked really hard and their mother Anne and I are really delighted with the results.
“We waited in the car anxiously as they went in to the school to go get their results and celebrated with their friends.’’
The pair, who have been at Shelley College, will now go to Greenhead College where they are both set to study maths, further maths and physics.
Matthew will also do chemistry and German while Adam is going to continue studying Spanish and English Literature.
The are both also avid musicians and play in both Hade Edge Senior and Hade Edge Youth Brass Band.
Following their celebrations, they returned to practice with their fellow band members.
Matthew said: “Our competition doesn’t expand to music. We are more encouraging of each other rather than competitive and we play different instruments.”