Northern Ireland

East Belfast transfer twins in identical scores

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Media captionAimée and Abbey Connor from Victoria Park Primary both scored 120 in the exam.

Identical twins from east Belfast have achieved identical scores in the school transfer test.

Aimée and Abbey Connor from Victoria Park Primary both scored 120 in the exam.

More than 7,000 pupils took the test, set by the Association of Quality Education (AQE). Aimée and Abbey's scores were among the best in Northern Ireland.

The twins' marks were in the top 4% of scores.

Abbey said: "My dad opened the envelope with the results. He told us that I got 120. I started crying and going 'wow, I got a good score'.

"Then my dad read out Aimée's score, and I was even more excited, because she usually got a couple of points higher than me."

So were the 11-year-olds surprised that they both got the same score?

"I was freaked out. Completely freaked out," Aimée said.

However, Abbey was not shocked.

"Not really, because we're always saying the exact same thing at the exact same time. And we're always thinking the exact same thing," she said.

The majority of pupils at Victoria Park do not take the transfer test. Only 14 out of 44 boys and girls in P7 took the most recent exam.

The school's principal, Andrea Gourley, was delighted with the results overall, and relieved that Aimée and Abbey got the same high mark.

She said: "They didn't have identical scores throughout the term, so it's nice that on the day when it was the important mark, it was the same.

Image caption The school's principal, Andrea Gourley, was delighted with the results

"It was a bit of a surprise that they got exactly the same mark, but we weren't surprised at how good the marks were.

"Overall, as a year group, we have a fabulous bunch of children in P7 and of the 14 who sat the test, we knew their results were going to be very good. Everyone worked very hard and we're delighted."

The twins are now hoping to go to Strathearn School in east Belfast.

One question remains - did the identical twins give identical answers in the transfer-test?

Unfortunately, the papers are confidential. The truth will never be known.

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