A SOUTHEND secondary school won a national quiz and bagged their school a £1,000 prize.

Southend High School for Boys triumphed, achieving a total of 315 points out of 400 to secure the 2017 University of Lincoln University Challenge title.

As well as claiming the team prize for the school, each of the winning team members also walked away with a £50 individual prize and an official University of Lincoln hoodie.

George Williams, winning team captain, said: “I think it’s a fantastic achievement, not only for us but for the whole school.

“We haven’t decided what we’re going to spend the winnings on yet but it will be something that everyone in the school can enjoy.”

Andrew Sanders, Head of History at the school, added: “I’m really impressed with the boys’ performance.

“I knew they’d do well but I didn’t think they’d do this well! They are a talented lot and are very deserving of the win.”

More than 30 teams from across England competed in the regional heats earlier in the year in an attempt to secure a place in the final, which took place at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.