Bishopswood School, Sonning Common wins Trading Standards Quiz

Sonning Common’s Bishopswood school were this year’s winners of the Oxfordshire Consumer Challenge Quiz run by Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service.

The quiz, held at Unipart House in Oxford is an annual event for children with learning difficulties and is designed to give them a chance to demonstrate their consumer and safety skills and knowledge. This has now been running for 18 years.

It was a close run competition with all eight schools neck and neck. The event also included a poetry competition which was won by The Iffley Academy, Oxford and the winners of the mascot competition was a jubilant Mabel Prichard School, Oxford.

Oxfordshire County Council Chairman Councillor Michael Waine presented the prizes to the winners. There were medals, goody bags and Easter eggs for all team members from the 8 schools from across Oxfordshire.

Richard Webb, Head of Community Protection Services for Oxfordshire County Council was the quiz master for the day and said “It was a fantastic, lively event and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Oxfordshire County Councils Trading Standards Service runs this quiz every year. It is for children with learning difficulties and is a chance for them to demonstrate their consumer skills and knowledge on safety in a hands on, team effort”.

Shelley Edwards, Schools Liaison Officer for the Trading Standards Service said “The competition teaches life skills and consumer knowledge in a fun and friendly way. The quiz is mainly visual and hands-on, rather than a standard question and answer format.”

Each school put forward a team of four pupils and those taking part included: The Endeavour Academy from Headington, Bishopswood School in Sonning Common, the Iffley Academy in Oxford, Bardwell School from Bicester, Kingfisher School in Abingdon, Mabel Prichard School in Oxford, John Watson School in Wheatley and Springfield School in Witney.