LEDBURY'S identical twins, Oscar and Charlie Parkman, did a double take when their A-level results came in, because they were also identical.

Even stranger, it was the second time in two years that the teenagers had matched each other, grade for grade, in exams.

Two years earlier, the boys had each been awarded 7 A* and 3 As in their GCSE examinations.

And not even their A level results could separate the identical twins.

The 18-year-old brothers, from Monmouth School for Boys took three subjects at A level, both achieving A*, A, and B grades.

Even more remarkable, the brothers will both be heading to the University of Bristol, this autumn.

Oscar said: "It must be very unusual. We got our grades in different subjects but it’s very coincidental that we have ended up with the same A-level results.

“Our friends are saying that it’s classic Oscar and Charlie story.”

Oscar was awarded an A* in mathematics, an A in economics and a B in history.

Charlie achieved an A* in English, an A in history and a B in Spanish. He will be reading history at Bristol, while his brother will study economics and finance.

Born in Dubai, the twins moved to the Ledbury area with their parents Tim and Penny Parkman, when they were three years old.

The brothers started with Monmouth Schools Pre-Prep before going to Monmouth Schools Boys’ Prep at The Grange and graduating to Monmouth School for Boys.

“When I opened my A level results on the computer, with my mum and dad at my desk, it was very overwhelming,” said Oscar.

“My mum started to cry with happiness. Charlie and me were initially unsure whether we had got into Bristol because my offer was for three As, and Charlie needed an A* and two As. But we logged into the UCAS website and found out that we had been successful in getting into Bristol - our first choice university.”

The twins have a wide range of interests and used to play junior rugby at Monmouth Rugby Club.

Charlie later joined Monmouth Town Football Club.

During the Third Form, the brothers teamed up to swim the combined length of the English Channel in the school pool to raise money for charity.

Oscar said: “For my work experience in 2015, I went to the Barclays Tower in the City of London and ideally I would like to be involved in stockbroking or bond broking in the city after I finish at university.

“Charlie is studying history and has talked about becoming a journalist. He has written stories in the past for the school newspaper.”

Oscar added: “If I am being honest, I thought that university could have been a good time for my brother and me to go in different directions. But we are both going to Bristol. We might be in the same halls of residence but we are taking different subjects.”