Quizathon that’s just for the record

HEADS TOGETHER: Above, Fulwood Academy pupils taking part in a Guinness World Record attempt for the most people participating in a simultaneous book quiz

HEADS TOGETHER: Above, Fulwood Academy pupils taking part in a Guinness World Record attempt for the most people participating in a simultaneous book quiz

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It’s not every lesson schoolchildren get the chance to claim a world record.

But pupils at Fulwood Academy in Preston took part in a country-wide Quizathon to mark World Book Day - and naturally it was all to do with books.

The students joined other youngsters from around the UK in an attempt to set the record for the most people participating in simultaneous book quizzes.

Now they must wait a few days to see if they have beaten the 2,679 mark and had their record ratified by the famous Guinness Book of World Records.

“It was really difficult, but good fun,” said one of the Fulwood pupils. “I thought I knew more about books than I do.

“Reading is so important and it was good to test our knowledge of books.”

Robin Crawshaw, the academy librarian, said: “Children today have so many 
other distractions that it was really positive to see a group of students that have a passion and interest in books and a good knowledge of a diverse range of contemporary fiction.”

The students from Years 7, 8 and 9, were split into teams and had to answer questions on a wide range of book-related topics, such as who is the narrator of Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” and who briefly became head of Hogwarts in” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K Rowling?

Finnbarr Graham, assistant principal for curriculum and assessment, said: “Engaging students in literacy is fundamental to students making success and good progress in schools.

“Participating in a national quiz is a fun and interactive way of encouraging our students to read and raise the profile of such an important skill.”