Teachers' surprise at school's twin peak
Teachers at a community college were seeing double as they welcomed six news sets of twins through the school gates.
And parents had double the trouble preparing their 11-year-olds to join the year 7 intake at Stoke Damerel Community College this week. Their arrival has practically doubled the number of twins on the school roll, leaving staff scratching their heads trying to distinguish between the six sets of lookalikes.
Staff at the Plymouth secondary school are unable to recall any previous year group ever containing more than three sets of twins and, with this week's influx, a staggering total of 14 sets now attend the college.
"It really is extraordinary," said college principal Carol Hannaford. "It is definitely going to present some joy and some challenges – I sense some fun coming on."
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Cody and Ethan Evans, Charlotte and Chloe Zisimides, Charlie and Joseph Knight, Aimee and Chloe Bond, Abigail and Charlotte Milden and Andrew and Steven Turner are part of the college's latest intake from 26 primary schools across the city.
Year 7 learning manager Kay Lewis, said it was "wonderful" to meet all 240 of the new students.
"It is very unusual to have six sets of twins in one year group," said Miss Lewis.
"But I'm sure it won't take me and the other teachers long to get to know the students, although it does make it a little more difficult if they are identical!"
Cody and Ethan said they were very surprised to find they weren't the only twins in what will be the class of 2018.
"We were the only ones in our year at primary school, so it's nice not to be the only twins here," said Cody.
Gary Turner, father of Andrew and Steven, said he was "amazed" when he heard about all the other twins in his sons' year. "We did notice one other set of twins when we dropped our boys off for the first day but for there to be six sets, that's really something."
Mrs Hannaford added that the school prided itself on being "a family school with many generations coming through our doors".