'There's something in the water': Double trouble for teachers as 13 sets of twins start school in one area

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Teachers in one local authority area will be seeing double this week as 13 sets of twins start school.

The new additions mean 164 sets of twins will now be taught in the Inverclyde Council region of Scotland, leading locals to believe there is “something in the water”.

Education chiefs have said the area is likely to be the top for twins entering school in the country, with one councillor saying it sees 18 twins for every 1,000 children born.

Twins gathered at the new £7 million St Patrick’s Primary in Greenock, the latest new-build school created under the local authority’s £270 million investment in its School Estate Programme.

But Arlene Cairns believes teachers will not have too much trouble telling her five-year-old twin daughters Kendal and Skye apart, who will shortly start at Ardgowan Primary in Greenock.

Double trouble: 13 sets of twins are all about to start school in one local authority area in Scotland, prompting locals to say there is ‘something in the water’. (PA)

She said they look nothing alike, adding: “One has red hair and one has brown hair. One has brown eyes and one has blue eyes.

“But there’s definitely something in the water here because last year there [were] even more twins.”

For the past 10 years there have been 775 registered births a year in Inverclyde, with an average of 14 sets of twins starting primary school every year.

Councillor Jim Clocherty, education convener at Inverclyde Council, said: “That gives us a twinning rate of 18 per 1,000 births, which is well above the Scottish average of 15 per 1,000, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we were among the highest in the country.”

Provost Martin Brennan said: “Every year I am surprised at the significant number of twins we have leaving nursery and heading for primary school. It seems to always run into double-figures and this year is no exception.

“I am particularly pleased, as a former teacher, to be able to welcome them as they prepare to join their new classmates in their new schools and I am sure they will have a huge amount of fun over the coming years.”

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