National Reading Championship Quiz

The National Reading Championship Quiz is a competition that pits teams from schools across the country against each other in a test of their book knowledge and it is run by the National Literacy Trust. It is 8 rounds of questions based on all aspects of books.

It is open from ages 10-14, which in our case is Years 7-9. We enter 2 teams every year of a mixture of students from those year groups. This year our 2 teams and reserve were made up of 2 Year 7s, 5 Year 8s and 2 Year 9s.

For our heat this year it was made up of 18 schools and 26 teams from the Oxfordshire and Berkshire region, a mix of private and state schools and primary and secondary. Some of the rounds included “match the blurb to the book”, “Child Laureates”, “Sports Books” and “Dingbats”.

Both of our teams gave their all and gained very respectable scores with both in the top 10. However, our Team A achieved 2 perfect rounds of 10 out of 10 and 2 more 9 out of 10, meaning their overall score was a very high 63 out of 75.

In fact, this was the highest score in our heat and has meant that Oxford Spires represented by Seth, Nathan, Martha and Kitty will be representing Oxfordshire and Berkshire in the national final in June.

This is a phenomenal achievement by the students and deserves huge amounts of recognition – well done to all of them who have taken part and good luck to Seth, Nathan, Martha and Kitty in the national final.