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Nine-year-old London twins set for high school

Twins Paula and Peter Imafidon
The twins passed A/AS-level mathematics papers aged seven

A pair of nine-year-old twins are to become two of the youngest pupils admitted to a UK secondary school.

Paula and Peter Imafidon are among hundreds of thousands of other children who are finding out which secondary school they will attend.

Peter and Paula, from Waltham Forest, east London, are two years younger than most of their counterparts.

Dubbed the "Wonder Twins", they broke records when they passed A/AS-level mathematics papers at the age of seven.

A year later they took and passed the University of Cambridge's Advanced Mathematics (FAM) paper, becoming the youngest students ever to pass the rigorous examinations.

You can never rule anything out with them, the competition between the two of them makes them excel in anything they do.
Chris Imafidon, Peter and Paula's father

Their father Chris Imafidon said: "We're delighted with the progress they have made."

He said the youngsters would be fine at secondary school, despite the age difference with their peers.

"Because they are twins they have each other so they are always able to help each other and support each other," he said.

Peter has ambitions to one day become prime minister while his sister wants to be a maths teacher.

Mr Imafidon said he was confident they would achieve their goals as they were both encouraged by each other.

He added: "You can never rule anything out with them, the competition between the two of them makes them excel in anything they do."

The twins take part in the privately funded Excellence in Education programme for inner-city children.

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