|Presented by||Susan Calman|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||5|
|No. of episodes||75 (inc. 5 specials)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||ITV Studios|
|Picture format||16:9 (1080i)|
|Original release||12 September 2016 –|
Top Class is a British children's television quiz show produced by ITV Studios for CBBC. It began on 12 September 2016 and is hosted by Susan Calman. Each series involves sixteen teams of four Year 6/Primary 7 school children, each with a nominated teacher, answering questions mostly on the National Curriculum in a knockout format to determine "the UK's smartest school." The format is based loosely on the long-running BBC television series, University Challenge, also made for the BBC by ITV Studios.
Although the competition is open to all state schools, only 16 teams per series make it through the audition stage and proceed to take part. All competitors are in Year 6 in England or Wales, and Primary 7 in Scotland or Northern Ireland.
Each round includes questions taken from the National Curriculum Key Stage 2, starting with a buzzer question. The team which answers correctly takes control of the game and is given a further four questions to answer. The subjects includes Maths, English, Science, History, Geography and News. There is also Test the Teacher, where the class' teacher answers pop-culture questions, and Pet Subjects, where the class chooses a subject to be questioned on. Pet Subjects chosen include CBBC series The Dumping Ground and the 2015 general election.
In series 3, the "Lightning" Round was introduced to start each contest; this features a puzzle, such as a word search or crossword, on two specific subjects, one for each team for a chance to score some points on the board before the subject rounds.
Each contest ends with "The Battle of the Buzzers"; teams have 90 seconds to answer as many quick-fire questions as they can on the buzzer.
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||12 September 2016||30 September 2016||15|
|2||25 January 2017||3 May 2017||15|
|3||3 September 2017||10 December 2017||15|
|4||29 July 2018||4 November 2018||15|
|5||29 September 2019||22 December 2019||15|
|13 December 2016||Christmas Special|
|17 December 2017||Christmas Special|
|31 December 2017||Young Celebrities Special|
|11 November 2018||Celebrity Special|
|19 December 2019||Christmas Special|
- Prior, David (16 August 2016). "Comedian to lead CBBC's search for Britain's smartest school". Prolific North.
- "Top Class - Could your school be TOP CLASS?". CBBC.