Top Class



Susan Calman


ITV Studios for CBBC, 12 September 2016 - present


A knockout quiz tournament for primary schools.

Two teams of four students play against each other. These students are aged 10 and 11, at the top of primary school.

They're asked "control" questions, individual questions on the buzzer, no conferring. A right answer wins control of a curriculum subject, and four bonus questions on a theme. Which of these things are electrical conductors, where are these European capitals? These bonus questions won't be passed to the other side.

Also in the show is "Test the Teacher", classroom staff are asked about popular culture for one minute. "Pet subject" is questions for each team on a topic they've nominated. And the show finishes with a 90-second buzzer round.

The scoring is simple: one point per correct answer. Winners of each show go forward to the next round, losers go home.

Top Class Susan introduces the show with the teams in the background.

Quite a lot of chat on the show, introducing the teams to viewers at home, and Susan joshes with the competitors after each round of questions. Top Class isn't an intense quiz, it never forgets that it's an entertainment programme, and it meets the brief well - entertains while it's gently educating.

Title music

Craig Brown is credited as "composer".


St Pius X Preparatory School from Preston, Lancashire

Web links

CBBC show site

See also

Weaver's Week review

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