Perse teams take the double in Schools’ Challenge General Knowledge Competition
A team of Perse pupils became National Champions in the Schools’ Challenge Junior General Knowledge Competition this weekend. This makes the School double winners – the Senior team took the national title earlier this year.
Schools’ Challenge is a national general knowledge competition for schools, based on University Challenge. The Perse team consisted of Year 8 pupils Phoebe Penfold (captain), Tabbi Dodds, Daniel Morgan, Ethan Martin, Pavan Tanna and Year 7 pupil Vikram Singh. They beat Haberdashers’ Aske’s School from Hertfordshire in a gripping and closely contested final, which came down to the final round. The Perse team maintained their composure and scored 840 points to their competitors’ 820.
On their road to success over the course of the competition, The Perse beat Dulwich Prep in the quarter-final (860-600 points) and Leicester Grammar School in the semi-final (980-260 points).
Adrian Roberts, teacher of history at The Perse and general knowledge team coach said of this success:
“Phoebe captained the team fantastically and the team conducted themselves in a mature and sporting manner throughout the competition. It is almost unheard of to have girls in a nationals-winning team, and so to have two in The Perse team is an excellent achievement, and something which was commended by the judges.
“The Junior team played well throughout the national finals and kept their nerve in a very tight finish against a strong quartet from Haberdashers’ Aske’s. With the Senior team having won their National title in March it’s good to see the Perse students enjoying this extra-curricular opportunity for academic inter-school competition.”
This success was preceded by The Perse’s Senior team (Daniel Adamson, Hugh Goddard, Franklin Nelson and Pratap Singh) being crowned Senior National Champions earlier this year, where in the final they came up against King Edward’s School Birmingham, Hereford Cathedral School and the High School of Glasgow.
Well done to the teams – this is an outstanding achievement!