Norwich headteachers celebrate Pointless quiz show win

Headteachers Brian Conway, left, Notre Dame High School, and Adrian La Chapelle, St Augustines Prima

Headteachers Brian Conway, left, Notre Dame High School, and Adrian La Chapelle, St Augustines Primary School, who were contestants on the quiz show Pointless. - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

A headteacher has talked of his shock after he and a fellow head won more than £3,000 on the BBC quiz show Pointless.

Brian Conway, of Notre Dame High School in Norwich, and Adrian La Chapelle, of St. Augustine's Primary in Costessey, filmed their two appearances on the programme during the Easter holidays, but they were only broadcast on Thursday and yesterday.

Mr Conway only told pupils about his time in the spotlight after they came back from the summer break.

He said: 'Students have been really lovely and very curious as to what the experience was like.

'They have asked me lots of questions about experience and the hosts Alex-ander and Richard.


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'How are the studios arranged?

'Are the hosts friendly?

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'How tall is Richard?

'Mostly they wanted to know had we won.

'I have used my going on Pointless as an example to the students that they should not be embarrassed about taking every chance in life, putting themselves forward and trying their best.

'At Notre Dame we are always reminding our students to aim to live life to the full – in fact it is part of our mission statement as a Catholic school.'

Pupils past and present took to Twitter as the first episode went to air – which saw him and Mr La Chapelle lose in the final – with one saying he did 'quite well'.

Other tweets included surprise that his first name is Brian, ambiguous comments on his fashion sense, and an exhortation to 'do us proud lad'.

Speaking about his victory in the final broadcast yesterday, he said: 'It was a real shock.

'Adrian and I had taken part for the experience, we had hoped that we might do well and felt more competitive as the game went on.

'We wanted to do our best but did not expect to win any money. We just hoped we would not go out in the first round.'

The pair won £3,250 between them, with Mr Conway's money being put towards one son Felix's new bicycle, another son Toby appearing as a mascot for Norwich City when they play Middlesbrough next April, and the rest funding a family mini-break to Paris.

He added that his trophy is in pride of place in his dining room, but will be in school next week for assemblies and student photos.

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