Quizmasters from Queen’s are celebrating after being crowned the winners of an annual inter-school quiz, marking a second year of victory for the lower school.

Year 6 pupils Matilda Hughes, Raka Chattopadhyay, Holly Mulligan and Eve Runciman travelled to Bury Boys School to defend Queen’s 2015 victory in the the annual Association of Junior Independent Schools Quiz.

The girls, who have trained hard since September, faced questions as diverse as the type of seeds has Tim Peake taken into space, the size of the world’s largest pancake and the date of publication of Alice in Wonderland.

At the half way point the girls shared the lead with two other schools but by the final question, they were thrilled to retain the trophy with a clear nine point lead.

Head of lower school Rachel Cookson said: “A little like the primary version of University Challenge, this competition is such an exciting event and our preparations have been led by our very own quiz master, Alison Stables. The girls thoroughly embraced working as a team and went the extra mile in their preparations for the event. We are all extremely proud of their fantastic achievement.”

Prior to the competition the girls had tried to predict the subject of each round from the cryptic titles provided; nobody could have predicted that the final round, entitled ‘What a Sport’, would be an observation round about bog snorkelling in which the eagle-eyed Queen’s girls scored full marks.