Wimbledon Pupils Are London Quiz Champs

Ursuline team triumph in London Knowledge competition

A team of Wimbledon pupils are the London schools' quiz champions after winning the Mayor's Award for London Knowledge.

Ursuline High School triumphed after taking part in a University Challenge style competition at the Museum of London.

The London Knowledge Quiz was a fun, interactive competition for London schoolchildren to demonstrate what they have learnt about their city, its people, geography and history.

Organised by the Mayor's volunteering programme Team London, in partnership with the Museum of London and the careers platform plotr, almost 200 schools took part in this year's London Knowledge Quiz, which complements the London Curriculum, new teaching resources developed following recommendations from the Mayor's education inquiry.

The London Knowledge Quiz, which was first piloted last year, featured questions written by the Museum of London, testing students on a huge range of fun and serious topics relating to the history of London from ancient times to modern day. Example questions included: "What edible item did Samuel Pepys bury in his garden during the Great Fire of London?" and "what caused cholera outbreaks in London?".

There were two categories, one for primary schools and the other for secondary schools. Schools competed against others in their borough, with the winners in each area going into a London-wide semi-final and the top three primary and secondary schools selected to go through to the final, which was hosted today by TV presenter Michael Absalom.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who presented the winning teams with an award for their school and a signed book said:"Congratulations to the winners and everyone that competed in the London Knowledge Quiz. Almost 200 schools took part, showing how excited young Londoners are by their city, its history and heritage and I hope they learned even more as a result of competing."

July 10, 2014

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Boris Johson with the Ursuline team