Twins Marion and Jonathan Brooks-Bartlett compete against each other in most things.
But that competition has led them to academic success.
The super genius twins from Croydon in Surrey brought tears of joy to their mother’s eyes when they received a double first in their degrees.
“Everyone has the potential to succeed,” said Marion, who has now started a Phd in Chemistry.
The 22- year-old completed a four-year Chemistry degree at University College London (UCL) while her brother studied Mathematics at Southampton University.
Ecstatic about the news, Marion said: “I wouldn’t say I have more brains than the rest of the world. For some, it comes naturally but it’s also down to hard work.”
Her equally gifted brother Jonathan agreed. “It is essential that children have the support of their family” he said “The reason why I did maths is because my mum was keen on helping me with maths. She saw that I enjoyed it at a young age.”
Jonathan is also set to return to school next year to start a Phd in mathematical biology.
Their mother, former lecturer Jacqueline Brooks, said: “I am very proud to celebrate a double first-class honours. After hearing so much negative news about the black community of late, it gives me great pleasure to announce this news to our community to celebrate with us and hopefully inspire others to reach for their very best.”
She added that many black parents often don’t understand the concept of higher education and are afraid of incurring a debt for their children. “There are several schemes out there that they can benefit from” she said “Education is the key to succeeding in this world. The government failed my generation. But I refuse to allow it happen to my own kids.”
Jonathan and Marion have secured some funding for their Phd studies but need help securing funding for the last year of their graduate research. “It would be wonderful for them to have mentors and sponsors at this time,” said Jacqueline. “Our success should be celebrated on the same scale as the media would have our failures.
Other parents need to report their children’s successes to help counteract the virulent stereotypes about black British people.”