Priestley hosts Warrington Inter-School Challenge

The winning Cardinal Newman team pondering their next answer.
The winning Cardinal Newman team pondering their next answer.

PUPILS from four Warrington high schools met in a University Challenge-style battle of minds hosted by Priestley College.

Eight teams from St Greg’s, William Beamont, Cardinal Newman and Sir Thomas Boteler pitted their wits against one another in the Warrington Inter-School Challenge.

Questions ranged from The Simpsons to the Monarchy, to the first man who climbed Mount Everest and what does USB stand for?

Priestley College tutor Mark Salmon said: “It was a fun way to challenge the pupils and it was great that the schools were happy to get involved.

“We will be hosting the event again next year when the winning school can return to defend their title.”

The winners – Bethan Morris, 15, Joshua Towers, 15, Jonathan Perry, 14 and James Ross, 15 – were from Cardinal Newman and won the final against Sir Thomas Boteler.

Each member of the winning team received £50 of vouchers to spend in Golden Square and took a trophy back to school

Graduate students Megan Sutch, Priestley’s new college president, and her vice president Jennifer Hodgson were the quiz masters but steered clear of Jeremy Paxman’s harsh approach.

In a final bonus round the pupils narrowly defeated a team of four tutors from Priestley College.

“It was great to see eight teams competing in the Inter-School Challenge contest based on our Priestley Challenge. Well done to all teams as there were some really challenging questions,” said Mark.

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