Four pupils from St Anthony’s School in Chichester proved themselves ‘consumer champions’ by winning a national quiz competition on a nail-biting tie-break.
Lucie Brennan, Kristopher Freeth, Joseph Brougton and Lee Jenkins were crowned winners of the national Consumer Challenge Quiz competition, which took place at the Trading Standards Institute conference in Manchester last week.
The team – representing West Sussex - held their nerve during a tense tie-breaking question to claim the title.
Each team member won a laptop and received a certificate, while the school was presented with a trophy.
The competition takes place each year at the Trading Standards Conference and draws together teams from all over the country who won through regional heats.
The St Anthony’s School team earned a place in the final back in February at Brighton’s and Hove Albion’s American Express Community stadium, where they won the West Sussex heat, sponsored by Burgess Hill-based Buy With Confidence member Norkett Building Services.
The Consumer Challenge Quiz, which has been running for 14 years, is aimed at teaching children who attend special schools consumer rights.
The questions are formulated with a special needs background in mind and are designed to test the children’s knowledge and understanding of food and drink, personal safety and health issues.
Many of the children who attend are travelling and staying away from home for the first time, which is a vital part of the experience.
The team were flown home the same day and their victory was announced over the intercom by the pilot.
A celebratory assembly was also held when the four winners returned to school.