TV’s Dark Destroyer surprises students with classroom quiz
The Chase star Shaun Wallace, who is also a practising barrister, got top marks after briefing lucky students with careers advice and a quiz, question and answer session at UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.
Class act Shaun was in the city promoting an official Guinness World Record bid, which will see him and ex-Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp co-host The Swizzels World's Biggest Ever Quiz, at the Utilita Arena Sheffield, on Father's Day, Sunday, June 18.
They are hoping for more than 5,000 people to join them to set a new record for most people to take part in a quiz in a single venue – which was 4,900 people, set in Delhi, India, in 2017.
Shaun said: “I really enjoyed my visit to UTC – the education of our children is so important to me and quizzing really is a fun way to learn and pick up general knowledge.
"I hope to see all the students in June at the Worlds Biggest Ever Quiz, and maybe the winners will come from UTC!”
Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is backing the event to help encourage mental health development alongside physical fitness workouts.
Richard Caborn , chair of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, also hopes it will be a catalyst to implementing a unique schools quiz project later this year.
He said.. “Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is delighted to be supporting this unique and innovative official Guinness World Record attempt right here in Sheffield. I hope everyone in Sheffield and Yorkshire as a whole can really get behind it and ensure that we bring that record back to the UK.
“This event promises to bring families and friends together for a fun, entertaining and educational day out, with the added bonus of potentially becoming an official Guinness World Record title holder too.
"It was fantastic to see the students at UTC really engaged and enjoying the quiz with Shaun and demonstrate how quizzing can be a really fun way for children to learn.
“Breaking that World Record in June will act as a great catalyst to implementing a unique schools quiz project later in the year.”
University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are government-funded science and technology academies developed with employers and universities to focus on the skills the UK needs for the future.
Jess Stevenson, Principal, UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, said: "The session went really well with 100 students taking part in a quiz and a question and answer session.
"Students were able to talk to Shaun about his career in law and about how quizzing helped his education. He was wonderfully warm with the students and took time to talk students in different year groups.”
UTCs are government funded technical schools that provide academic and technical qualifications to match the skills needs of regional employers, supporting economic growth and employment.
Students complete technical qualifications alongside GCSEs and A Levels.
They also work on employer set projects to develop technical, team working and problem-solving skills for their careers.
UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park specialises in computing, health sciences and sport science.