Raising awareness of Twins, Triplets and More

Twins at Weedon Bec Primary School
Twins at Weedon Bec Primary School

Weedon Bec Primary School had special reason to mark National Twins, Triplets and More Week.

The six identical twins and one non-identical pair are all at the same school.

The seven twins are made up of Ashlea and Stevie Loughman, five, in the Reception class with two in Year One. They are Eeza and Sofia Kohvakka and Gil and Ned Leatherland, all four of whom are six.

In Year Two, there is Jake and Olivia Yawagisawa who are both six, while in Year Three, there is Dylan and Fraser Barnett, aged eight.

The seven sets of twins are rounded off with Amber and Jack Warren, aged nine along with Grace and Olivia Eyre, aged 10. All four of these children are in Year Five.

The number of twins in the school does sometimes leave some of the staff members baffled about who’s who.

Headteacher Antony Witheyman said: “I have been at the school four years and I still have trouble trying to tell some of the identical twins in the part.

“The staff have to use every little trick they can to work out the difference. Some of them wear head bands which are different colours and others have different hair lengths.”

However, the confusion is about to increase even more with the impending arrival of two more sets of twins in the new school year, making nine sets in total.

Mr Witheyman added: “We have got no twins in Year Six and in the pre-school, there are another two sets of twins who will be joining us next year.”

It is not a situation that he has seen before.

Mr Witheyman said: “My wife has taught three sets of triplets all of them were in the same year group.

“It is not a situation that either me or anybody at the school has come across before. It is very unique, especially for a village primary school like ours.”