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Timperley girls, 12 and seven, gain A*s in GCSE Mandarin
WITH all Trafford’s recent exam success it is difficult to pick out individual achievements, however as two Timperley children recently gained A*s in their GCSE Mandarin exams, it is difficult not to be impressed.
Olivia and Jennifer Mullally, who are 12 and seven, sat their exams in May and received their results a fortnight ago – Olivia gaining full marks and Jennifer achieving 299 out of 300.
Their mother, Lily Mullally, was born in Beijing but now works as a Chinese teacher from their Harwell Road home and their father, John, is Irish and works as an electrician.
Lily said: “I thought they could just have a go and hopefully pass, but then they came back with A*s, I was amazed.”
The girls have both spoken Mandarin and English since birth and are fluent in both languages, but were tested on listening, speaking, reading and writing as part of their GCSE, including an essay question.
Lily, who moved to Timperley with the rest of her family five years ago, said: “Their previous Chinese school didn’t allow them to take the exam because of their age and I said I think they’re capable I’m a teacher myself, so I moved them to the Chinese Centre in central Manchester.”
Olivia, who attends Loreto Catholic Grammar School, and Jennifer, who goes to St Vicent’s Catholic Primary School, both in Altrincham, are mainly taught Mandarin by their mother at home, but also attend lessons at the Chinese Centre, as well as watching Chinese films and reading Chinese books.
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