The Perse School

Perse team through to national final in Schools’ Challenge general knowledge quiz

13 Mar 2014

We are pleased to announce that The Perse is now through to the National Final of the Senior Schools’ Challenge general knowledge competition. The team, consisting of Daniel Adamson, Hugh Goddard, Franklin Nelson and Pratap Singh recently beat The Leys in a gripping inter-regional match, scoring 900 points to The Leys’ 580.

Perse teacher, Adrian Roberts, commented on the team’s success:
“The team is made up of four boys who have gained a great deal of experience by playing in Schools’ Challenge from Year 7. Their general  knowledge is remarkably wide and they concentrate well under pressure.”

The National Finals will be hosted by The Perse on Sunday 23 March.

Schools’ Challenge is a general knowledge competition based on University Challenge, with teams of four competing to answer ‘starter’ and ‘bonus’ questions using buzzers. Here, speed of thought and fast reactions are just as important as knowledge. The teams are composed of two Year 11 and sixth formers and two players from Year 9 and 10. Over 200 schools take part in a ‘knock-out’ format: there is a regional round (17 teams from East Anglia), with the regional winners then taking part in an inter-regional round. The winners of the inter-regionals (the best 8 teams in the UK) then all meet to compete in the National Finals.

The teams are asked questions on a hugely diverse range of topics, from naming the colour of the seats in the House of Lords to identifying the common thread of the words scuba, laser and radar.

The Perse team has notched up some notable successes over the course of the competition including – here’s a summary of this year’s results:

Round Opposition Result For Against
Regional first round Perse A – 1,000 points

Perse B – 590 points

Regional semi-final Norwich School

Reepham High







Regional final Kimbolton School Win 1090 390
Inter-regional round The Leys Win 900 580

These are fantastic results; we look forward to hosting the National Final on 23 March, and wish the team the very best of luck.

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