St Albans school takes part in Guinness World Record attempt

World Book Day world record attempt of simultaneous literary quiz

World Book Day world record attempt of simultaneous literary quiz - Credit: Archant

Beaumont School learns today (Thursday), on World Book Day, whether pupils’ attempt to break a record has been successful.

American musician Frank Zappa’s quote “So many books, so little time” was probably applicable at a local school recently.

Nearly 100 students at Beaumont School, Oakwood Drive in St Albans, showed their author-itive grasp of books while taking part in a Guinness World Record attempt on the first Monday back after half term.

They joined a nationwide attempt to break the record for the most people participating in simultaneous book quizzes.

The chance to become an official record breaker involved 2,680 people taking part in a quiz between 2-3pm on February 22.


You may also want to watch:


Organised by World Book Day to encourage a love of reading, well-known authors such as Malorie Blackman (Noughts & Crosses), Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon) and Francesca Simon (Horrid Henry series) featured in video clips asking questions.

At Beaumont, 94 Year 7 pupils enthusiastically discussed questions shown on the library’s big TV screen, which tested their knowledge of contemporary and classic kids’ books.

Most Read

A school spokesman said that everyone was “keeping their fingers crossed for those involved” as an announcement on whether the official record attempt was successful would be announced today (Thursday).

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter