Quads Go Separate Ways ... All to Top Universities; Making the Grades: From Left, Tobi Will Study English at Goldsmiths, Tayo, Business at Manchester, Tolu Will Read History at Cambridge and Tosin Will Also Study Business at Queen Mary, University of London

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Byline: TIM ROSS

BORN just a few minutes apart, quadruplets Tayo, Tobi, Tosin and Tolu Oke were today celebrating their A-levels in the way they studied for them as a quartet.

Now, for the first time in their lives, they are about to go their separate ways to university.

The 18-year-old siblings from Woolwich said they owed their success to encouragement from their inspirational single mother, Julie.

Between them they achieved five As and seven B or C grades.

Tayo explained: "Our mum really encouraged us and prepared us from a young age to take control of our own learning." Tobi added: "We've realised that aiming for the highest is really going to help us. At first we were probably pushed on but now we see it as the best way to help ourselves." Some of their classes at St Francis

Xavier Sixth Form College in Clapham overlapped and they helped each other with revision. They said it would be strange to leave each other's company as they embarked on separate university careers next month.

Tosin said: "We've always shared the same friends, especially me and my brother, so when he's not there I'll miss him in a way." Tolu added: "Our mum, being a single mum, has always taught us to be independent and lay our own foundations so even though going to uni is a massive step and a strange city, it's a welcome experience. …