TEACHERS have been seeing double after an extraordinary six sets of twins started a school at the same time – the chance of this happening is a staggering 10,000-1.
Among the 121 new year-seven children at Market Rasen’s De Aston School there are 12 twins – all born within four months of each other in 2001.
According to the odds from bookmaker Paddy Power, this is just as likely as guessing someone’s pin number or picking a four-leaf clover first time.
Stunned teachers have never seen anything like this and with five identical sets they are struggling to tell their pupils apart.
Eleven year olds Charlotte and Emily Kaur, from Middle Rasen, Catherine and Elizabeth Ormian, from Osgodby, Jake and James Murphy, from Bishop Norton and Jack and Joshua Davis, Jade and Lauren Pennell and Adam and Jack Richards, all from Market Rasen, make up ten per cent of the year-seven intake.
Year seven tutor Libby Humphrey - who has two sets of twins in her form class and teaches English to another two sets - thinks there was “something in the water” in 2001.
Miss Humphrey, who has been teaching since 2006, said: “When I found out I had two sets of twins in my class I thought that was ridiculous.
“It’s very, very shocking.
“A couple of the girls wear their hair differently but other than that it’s really tricky to tell them apart.
“It’s completely unprecedented. None of the teachers have seen anything like this – it’s not something we’re used to.
“There’s only ever usually one set - there must have been something in the water that year.”
And while some of the twins have chosen to stay together, others have asked to begin their new school in different tutor groups.
“My sister and I are in the same group,” said Catherine Ormian from Osgodby.
“We have lots of the same interests, but usually we don’t dress the same – at school we have to.”
Headteacher Ellenor Beighton said: “They’re all delightful young people who we treat as individuals and they seem to be enjoying their time here at De Aston, just as we’re enjoying having them here.”
“We have obviously had twins at the school before, but never this many in one year group,” added Caroline Spalding, De Aston School’s PR, marketing and communications officer.