THIRTEEN sets of twins to start new school term leaving teachers seeing double

The twin influx could spell problems for staff at St Mary’s Primary School in Inverclyde, Scotland, when they return to class next week as the area was dubbed ‘Twinverclyde’

Returning teachers have plenty of work ahead of them after a school in Scotland confirmed 13 sets of twins will be starting next term.

St Mary’s Primary School in Inverclyde, Greenock, will welcome the siblings when lessons begin next week – the second highest school twin count on record.

Their arrival is sure to spell trouble for the teachers who could find it tough telling some of them apart, and the bad news is many of the children look very similar.

The area has been dubbed ‘Twinverclyde’ after the children posed for pictures ahead of the new school year.

Most of the adorable youngsters met up to show off their new uniforms in front of their proud parents.

Inverclyde Council’s vice-convener of education Martin Brennan said: “As a former teacher myself, the return to school is always an exciting time for pupils, parents and staff.

“But it’s taken on greater significance this year following the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic over the last 18 months.

“While many of the safety rules will remain in place in schools for the time being, it’s just great to be celebrating the return to the classroom, including here at St Mary’s Primary in Greenock which is the latest new or refurbished school completed as part of our £270 million schools estate transformation.

“I wish all the children – and of course our education staff – all the very best for the start of the new term next week.”

Last year only nine sets of twins started P1 in the area dubbed “Twinverclyde”, with the record set in 2015 with more than double that – 19 pairs.

Joe Mcallister, whose twins will head to Gourock Primary for the first time on August 18, told the Press Association he is excited for the children to start as it will “be really good for them”.

Another set of pupils starting P1 are Eloise and Charlie, who will go to Ardgowan Primary School.

They said they are looking forward to “meeting friends” and playing football.