Incredible 20 sets of twins enrolled at school in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire
De Aston School in Market Rasen is seeing double with a remarkable 20 sets of twins currently enrolled – the most in its history. In fact, bookies say the odds of having so many in a school of its size are an astonishing 400,000 to 1. Ryan Butcher meets the 11-to-18-year-olds who are showing why two really is the magic number...
The odds of having so many pairs of twins in a school of De Aston's size are slim.
At 400,000 to 1, you were just as likely to win tickets to see Usain Bolt in the men's 100-metre sprint final at the Olympics this year.
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You are also just as likely to be struck by lightning or, according to Ladbrokes, see Lincoln City Football Club win the Champions League in the next ten-years, than to have this happen.
But for the teachers and pupils at De Aston, twins have become the norm, with what is believed to be the most pairs in the school's 149-year history.
Among the 907 pupils enrolled at the school, there are 20 pairs of twins, 12 of whom are identical.
In Year 7 alone, there are six pairs of twins, with five of them being identical – a feat in itself, with Ladbrokes mathematicians calculating the chances at 175,000 to 1.
Whether it's 15-year-old Nicole and Macy Yuen, who say they answer the same questions with the same answers at the same time, or 11-year-old Charlotte Kaur, who came down with a headache after her identical twin Emily banged her head, there really is a touch of twin magic in De Aston's classrooms.
Stunned teachers at the school say they have never seen anything like it and believe there must have been "something in the water" in Market Rasen.
Elizabeth Humphrey, English teacher and Year 7 tutor, said: "I have two sets of identical twins in my tutor group alone and when I first found out, I thought it was ridiculous.
"The number of twins we have in the school is surprising.
"A couple of the girls wear their hair differently but other than that it's really tricky to tell them apart."
Victoria Davies, head of Year 7, added: "In my 12 years at the school I have never known there to be so many twins.
"In Year 7, I can tell the difference between four of the six sets but I'm still working on the other two."
Ellenor Beighton, De Aston School's headteacher, said: "All of our twins are delightful young people who we treat as individuals and we're very happy to have them here.
"There's something in the water around Market Rasen, that's for sure."
But being a twin can be a double-edged sword.
Kieron and Calvin Chow, 14, both say they are often mistaken for one another, even by their teachers, and Charlotte and Stephanie Rae, 14, say they would like to be treated more as individuals in day-to-day life.
Although identical twins may look the same, when it comes to schoolwork and their studies, they do have different interests.
Charlotte and Laura Wilson, 17, are both studying maths and physics in De Aston's sixth form.
But while Charlotte is also studying design and technology and wants to go on to university to be a civil engineer, her sister Laura is studying English and wants to do her degree in English and educational studies.
"We actually thought about going to different sixth forms, but De Aston did the courses we both wanted to do," explained Laura.
Charlotte added: "The teachers can usually tell us apart but other people get it wrong all the time.
"So after sixth form we want to try and be separate so we're looking at different universities."
The same applies for identical twins Abbi and Jess Horden.
"I'm looking into business and photography while Jess wants to study nursing, which is completely different," said Abbi.
"We want to try to get back our independence after sixth form rather than have people think that we're the same person."
Two sets of twins could not make the Echo's photocall. They are Jordan and Lavinia Rhodes, 13, and Luke and Corey Hailes, 14.