Pupils win literature prize

PRIZE WINNERS: Highfields School (from left) Tim Hand, 13, Emily Smith, 12, Anthony Robinson, 12, and Tessa Corton, 13, with councillor Mike Longden.

PRIZE WINNERS: Highfields School (from left) Tim Hand, 13, Emily Smith, 12, Anthony Robinson, 12, and Tessa Corton, 13, with councillor Mike Longden.

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Pupils from across the county tested their knowledge of books during the Derbyshire Literature Challenge.

Derbyshire County Council organised the event in which 25 teams of up to four students pitted their wits in the competition’s final.

They attempted to answer 100 questions on books ranging from classical literature to modern children’s tales at County Hall in Matlock.

The winning team was St Thomas More Catholic School – Science College, Buxton, and joint second was awarded to teams from Highfields School in Matlock, and Derby High School.

Councillor Mike Longden, the council’s cabinet Member for education, said: “This is an excellent way for us to get bright young minds together in a competitive environment to really stretch their abilities in an enjoyable way.

“We want all county students to develop a love of books and reading because it equips them with skills for life and brings great pleasure.

“The competing teams were of a very high standard and a credit to all their schools.”

The top three teams received plaques and the winners also received a trophy.