Teachers see double as record-breaking school welcomes 12 sets of twins on first day

Teachers were left stunned after twelve sets of twins started their first day of primary school.

Students at Ardgowan Primary in Inverclyde, Scotland, came together for a dress rehearsal ahead of starting school next week – with ten of the 12 sets of twins in attendance.

The children will all start primary schools across Inverclyde – taking the total numbers of twins across all primary schools in the area to 84.

Inverclyde has a track-record of having the highest number of twins in the classroom- after a record breaking 19 pairs started school in the area in 2015.

Remarkably, a total of 130 pairs of twins have started in each of the last 10 years.

Headteacher of Inverclyde Drew McKenzie said: “Nobody seems to know why Inverclyde is a bit of a hotspot for twins but we have built up a reputation for being ‘Twinverclyde’.

“It has become an annual tradition to welcome our twins and their parents along to one of our fantastic schools each year and you can feel the excitement for the start of the new term next week.

“It’s great to see them all looking resplendent in their school uniforms and excited to get started in their new schools and meet new friends and the school staff.

“Today is a bit of a dress rehearsal in many ways and it’s always a good bit of fun for the parents too.

“It’s a lovely opportunity to look ahead to the schools going back for all our new and returning pupils and the staff.

“We’re very lucky to have one of the best, if not the best, schools estate in the country here in Inverclyde.

“So it’s always wonderful to show off the fantastic schools and nurseries we have thanks to significant investment by Inverclyde Council.

“I wish all our children and young people and all our staff well for the start of the new term on Thursday.”

There are on average 13 sets of twins each year.

And last year 15 sets of twins started primary school in the area.