Top Class

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Top Class
Top Class title card.png
Directed by
  • Tony Grech-Smith (2016-18)
  • John L Spencer (2019-)
Presented bySusan Calman
Composer(s)Craig Brown
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series5
No. of episodes75 (inc. 5 specials)
Executive producer(s)
  • Simon Marsh[1]
  • Melissa Hardinge
  • Barry Hart
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)ITV Studios
Original networkCBBC
Picture format16:9 (1080i)
Original release12 September 2016 (2016-09-12) –
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Top Class is a British children's television quiz show produced by ITV Studios for CBBC.[2] 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


Date Entitle
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


  1. ^ Prior, David (16 August 2016). "Comedian to lead CBBC's search for Britain's smartest school". Prolific North.
  2. ^ "Top Class - Could your school be TOP CLASS?". CBBC.

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