Cardiff school through to the final of a national reading competition

Cathedral School, Llandaff will join 21 other teams to battle it out at the live final in London

A team from Cathedral School has won its regional heat of the National Literacy Trust’s National Reading Champions Quiz. Beating out 11 other teams from Wales, the team from Cathedral School sailed through to victory in the opening stage of the only national reading quiz which is entirely dedicated to knowledge of fiction books.

The win means that the team from Cathedral School has secured a place at the quiz final, to be held at an exclusive London location on 6 June, where they can experience the excitement of competing live and enjoy special appearances from renowned authors.

This is the third consecutive year of the National Reading Champions Quiz from the National Literacy Trust, thanks to generous funding from the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS). Schools from across the UK could sign up to take part, and there are heats taking place across the country throughout March to determine the other 21 finalist teams. All pupils taking part are aged between 10 and 14.

Engaging quizmaster ‘Mr Dilly’ reprised his role by leading the heat, providing an entertaining as well as educational experience for the Cathedral team as they worked collaboratively to battle through 8 rounds of fiction quizzing, focusing on a wide range of books and themes. The team from King Henry VIII Comprehensive School, Abergavenny, took second place while third place was a tie between Dean Close St John’s, Chepstow and the second team from King Henry VIII Comprehensive School.

Henrietta Roberts, Senior Project Manager at the National Literacy Trust, said: “We are so excited to be able to run the National Reading Champions Quiz for the third year in a row. It is a chance for schools to put their best readers in the spotlight, the same as they might do for sports stars or art whizzes.

“The team from Cathedral School has done a fantastic job by winning their heat and we look forward to seeing them at the London final in June. It’s so important for children to feel proud of their reading knowledge, and we are so pleased to be able to put on a fun and educational national quiz event to showcase this.”

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