Proud grandmother with ELEVEN grandchildren will have one in EACH year of her local primary school next term
- Grandmother Christine Brocklehurst, 63, from Edinburgh has 11 grandchildren
- She realised that eight of them will be attending Buckstone Primary School
- Christopher and Kenneth, five, Savannah, six, Ethan, seven, Ava, seven, Jack, eight, Zara, nine, Scarlett, 11, all start the new school year on August 15
A proud grandmother will be waving off eight of her grandchildren on Wednesday as they take up places in every year at a local primary school.
Christine Brocklehurst, who lives in Fairmilehead, Edinburgh with her husband Kenneth, is the matriarch of a family that boasts eleven grandchildren, some of them just months apart.
The 63-year-old and husband Kenny have three children, Kirsten, 41, who works in a bank, Lyndsey, 39, a hairdresser and Kevin, 37, who works in the family business.
Between them, the three are parents to eleven children, and Christine says she now has a grandchild in every year from P1 to P7 at Buckstone Primary School, Edinburgh.
The children start school back on the 15th as the summer holidays come to an end, as the majority of Scottish pupils do.
Christine Brocklehurst, 63, from Edinburgh, is the matriarch of a family boasting 11 grandchildren, and will be waving off eight of them as they take up places in every year at their local primary school this term. Pictured: Gran Christine (centre) with grandchildren Scarlett 11, Zara 9, Jack 8, Ava 7, Ethan 7, Savanna 6, Christopher 5, and Kenneth 4
Speaking about the brood she said: ‘When I realised the two youngest boys were going into primary one, I realised that I had a grandchild in every year from P1 to P7.’
Five-year-old cousins Christopher and Kenneth are the newest recruits to the primary school where they join Savannah, six, in P2, Ethan, seven, in P3, Ava, seven, in P4, Jack, eight, in P5, Zara, nine, in P6 and Scarlett, 11, in P7.
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The eldest grandchild Josh, 12, attends high school while the two youngest, Chloe and Holly, both two-years-old, are in nursery.
Christine , son Kevin and her son-in-law acknowledges that Christmases and birthdays ‘can be pretty hectic’ but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
The children (pictured with their grandmother in her hometown of Fairmilehead) will return to school on Wednesday for the start of the Scottish school year
She added: ‘It’s lucky that we all quite like each other.
‘All the family are very close and the kids all love to be with each other and play.’
Christine and Kenny, Kevin, Lynsey and Kirsten and their families all live near each other and see each other nearly every day.
Grandparents Christine and Kenny welcome the brood round to theirs as often as they can to give their children a break from parenting duties and to enjoy the fun and chaos the kids bring in their wake.
Christine explained: ‘They troop down to us at weekends.
‘It can be pretty full-on as some of them usually stay the night. The shopping bill can be quite high.’
For the children, having so many siblings and cousins at school has been great fun – and there have been no family squabbles or scraps getting in the way of the tight-knit unit.
Five-year-old cousins Christopher and Kenneth are the newest recruits to the primary school where they join Savannah, six, in P2, Ethan, seven, in P3, Ava, seven, in P4, Jack, eight, in P5, Zara, nine, in P6 and Scarlett, 11, in P7
Christine said: ‘They all get on so well already and look up to Scarlett who keeps an eye out for them all.’
Despite being so close, the grandchildren all have very different personalities and interests.
Scarlett is artistic while younger sister Zara loves gymnastics and dancing, and Jack and Ethan are sports mad – with football taking the edge.
Ava is a dancer like her big cousin Zara, and Christine says Savannah ‘should be sent to drama school’ as she is such a natural at acting.
And while Christine thought life was busy when she was a mum-of-three, she realises it was nothing compared to life with 11 grandchildren.
She gives each of them equal amounts of her attention and says she has to ‘spread herself out’ to do so.
But she loves spending time with them as individuals or as a collective, adding: ‘I really do love being a grandmother.
‘Maybe your outlook is a bit different when you’ve brought your own children up. It’s just so nice seeing them all come along so well and seeing them grow into their own people.’
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