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Wednesday, September 15, 1999 Published at 13:09 GMT 14:09 UK


Teachers see double over twins

The twins file into school on their first day

Teachers at a Liverpool school are experiencing a challenging start to the term - because nine sets of twins have all joined the reception year.

[ image: Name badges are helping the teachers learn who's who]
Name badges are helping the teachers learn who's who
The twins, including six identical twins, have all started at St Paul and St Timothy's Roman Catholic School.

Teachers doubt this has ever happened before, and say they do expect to encounter a few problems identifying the children.

But they say it will get easier, as the twins' personalities shine through.

The BBC's Kevin Bocquet: "It's bound to be a bit confusing"
Each twin has been put in the same class as his or her brother or sister, although the pairs of twins have been spread over four classes.

[ image: Maria Eves:
Maria Eves: "It can make it a little bit tricky"
The headteacher, Maria Eves, said: "We asked parents what they would prefer us to do and all the parents on this occasion have said keep them together, so that's what we've done.

"It can make it a little bit tricky but what's really important for the children is that they feel happy coming along to our school and that they settle quickly, so we will do whatever it takes to help them."

The school, which already had five sets of twins among its pupils, now has a total of 14 pairs.

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