Padiham pupils aim for world record in classroom

Children in Need world record attempt at St Leonards Primary School.
Children in Need world record attempt at St Leonards Primary School.

Pupils at St Leonards Primary School in Burnley have taken part in a world record attempt while also raising money for Children in Need.

The attempt, which was the world’s largest simultaneous lesson in multiple locations, was done via a live webcast lesson.

Pupils at the school joined over 20,000 children from schools in 14 countries, which included a number of problem solving challenges followed by a short test.

The attempt is currently subject to review by officials at Guinness World Records to determine whether or not it meets the strict criteria.

Chris Williams, who was one of the teachers that lead the webcast, said: “This is a great moment of pride for every single school involved.

“It’s not every day you attempt a world record and share a lesson with so many pupils from across the world.

“The schools have had to pull out all the stops to try and meet the criteria.

“Everyone involved can also be extremely proud of the fantastic sum already raised for Children in Need.”

The attempt was supported by Schools Advisory Service, who pledged to donate £1 to Children in Need for every pupil involved in the attempt.

So far the total amount raised stands at £20,650, with St Leonards raising over £400 of that total, and will be donated regardless of whether or not the attempt is successful.