There’s always a buzz of interest when triplets join a school.
But two of the Cericki trio are already stars of the small screen and movies, despite their tender age, because they are identical and can be swapped between shoots.
If that wasn’t enough, brothers Kuzey and Koray, plus their non-identical sibling Ayaz, are being joined by another set of triplets when they begin primary school on September 5, as well as a pair of twins.
It means more than half of the 15 pupils beginning reception at Woodham Walter Primary School in Essex are the result of multiple births.
(left to right) Triplets Isabella, Koray, Celestina, Ayaz, Sophia, Kuzey as they cheekily pose
(left to right) Celestina, Isabella, Ayaz, Koray, Kuzey, Sophia, Mums Claire Ceriki (Stripey top) and Kerry Smith (Spotty top)and their two sets of triplets
Thankfully for their teachers, the job of telling them all apart is made easier because the triplet girls, Celestina Smith and sisters Sophia-Lorenza and Isabella, are non-identical and have different coloured eyes.
Kuzey and Koray will present more of a challenge as they are monoamniotic-chorionic twins, a rare condition where they shared the same amniotic sac and placenta.
‘Thankfully, one of mine is non-identical, so that makes it easier,’ said mum Claire Cerikci, 40, who lives in Chelmsford with Turkish-born husband Gurcan, 40, who runs an oven cleaning business.
‘With my identical pair I haven’t thought of a way to tell them apart, there are so few differences even I get them mixed up. Hopefully we can work something out.’
Woodham Walter C of E School, Danbury, Essex, where half of the new reception intake are twins or triplets
Kuzey and Koray were signed up to an agency the day after they were born and had their first job five months later in BBC1 crime drama series Silent Witness.
They have also appeared as a young Prince James in historical epic Mary Queen of Scots with Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan, and have just finished filming their second series of Sky Atlantic kidnap thriller Save Me, starring Doctor Foster’s Suranne Jones.
The brothers have all been used by dozens of companies for shoots by toy and clothing firms, while the identical pair have 24,000 followers on social media.
Mrs Cerikci – who has three older children aged between seven and 14 – said it was a ‘challenge’ getting them ready in the mornings.
Celestina, Ayaz, Sophia, Koray, Kuzey, Isabella, climb in the playground of their new school
‘When they were young, as soon as you got the last one’s shoe on, the first one would have taken them off again,’ she explained.
‘It’s just the logistics of it really. I’ve got three other children to get up and have breakfast too.’
Despite the chaotic starts to each day, she will miss them when they are at school.
‘I’m quite sad they’re going, they have taken 24 hours of my life every day for the past four-and-a-half years,’ she added.
(Left to right) Triplets (Girls), Celestina, Sophia, Isabella (Boys),Ayaz, Kuzey and Koray with their Mums Claire Ceriki (Stripey top) and Kerry Smith(Spotty top)
The families have been friends since the mums were put in touch by the hospital because they were both pregnant with triplets
‘To go five days each week without seeing them during the day will be quite strange.
‘It’ll be quiet though. I’ll be able to tidy the house, which they destroy in seconds.’
Mrs Cerikci’s triplets were conceived naturally, at odds of around one in 3.2 million. The girls’ mother, Kerry Smith, didn’t want to reveal how her children were conceived.
The women already know each other as they were put in touch with each other by Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford as they were expecting at the same time.
Miss Smith, who lives in Mayland with her partner James, a 36-year-old businessman, said: ‘I’m so nervous about them going to school. It’s such a big step for me and the girls and I’m so used to them being with me every day.’
The girls are ‘nervous’ about starting school but she added: ‘They know the boys, which will help as they are like their best friends.’
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