University Challenge for students

Teacher David Riddle hosting the University Challenge-style event with students (left to right) Sean Quinn, Martin Murphy, Michael Harrison and Oliver Akers

Teacher David Riddle hosting the University Challenge-style event with students (left to right) Sean Quinn, Martin Murphy, Michael Harrison and Oliver Akers

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YOUNG boffins got the chance to test their general knowledge during a break from their usual lessons.

Around 150 Year 12 students from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College crammed into the school hall to listen to their peers being put through their paces during the University Challenge-style event.

The event saw seven teams of six pupils battling it out with the winners going on to represent the Catcote Road school in a regional event.

The structure was the same as the hit television show with each team given a “starter for 10” and then three follow-up questions for five points.

Every year the Catholic Partnership of Hexham and Newcastle hosts a regional University Challenge-style event featuring the cream of the crop from schools in the North East.

The event at English Martyrs acted as the school’s qualifying event.

It was staged as part of Transition Week, which aims to inspire the 16 and 17-year-olds about career options.

There were seven teams competing with one given a bye for round one.

Teachers put together a list of questions, covering a range of topics, and organisers say they hope to one day have a representative from the school on the real show.

David Riddle, a teacher at the school, said: “This event is excellent preparation for the real thing.

“One of our goals is to have someone on the show that used to attend English Martyrs.

“That really would be brilliant.

“The best team from the competition will go on to be English Martyrs’ representative at the regional event.

“In the past we have just sent four children to the Catholic Partnership of Hexham and Newcastle event but this year we decided to have a competition in school in order to have the cream of the students representing the school.”