LOCKDOWN hasn’t stopped students at Ridgeway Secondary School from showing off their general knowledge.
The majority of the Astwood Bank school’s 400 pupils may be learning from home but they have been engaging in a fiercely contested inter-house quiz competition.
The competition, organised by teacher and Year 9 tutor Laura Hampton, started during the first lockdown in the spring and has proved so popular that it has become a weekly fixture for students from Year 5 to Year 11.
Each year group tackles the quiz online once a week, answering 10 questions from current affairs, geography and history to the environment, English and maths.
Students compete on behalf of their school houses, named in honour of TV naturalist David Attenborough, Harry Potter author JK Rowling and legendary Olympic athlete Jesse Owens.
The results are published in the school’s newsletter weekly. Attenborough currently heads the leader board, with Rowling and Owens in second and third position.
Laura said: “The students really enjoy the quiz. It’s great fun for them to compete against themselves and their classmates, as well as represent their school house. Our tutors are also enjoying the opportunity to compete against other tutors to see who tops the table!”
Headteacher Mike Bennett added: “Laura has worked tirelessly on creating the inter house quiz. It has been a fantastic tool to boost the morale of our students, bringing them all together during a difficult time.”