Brainbox Rotherham head teacher set for ITV’s The Chase

David Simpson, head teacher at Listerdale Junior Academy, in line to appear on quiz show The Chase
David Simpson, head teacher at Listerdale Junior Academy, in line to appear on quiz show The Chase

He’s already swatting up as a Rotherham head teacher could soon test his general knowledge on popular Bradley Walsh hosted smash hit ITV quiz The Chase.

David Simpson, head teacher at Listerdale Junior Academy, has been told to be ready to travel to London for filming after he was placed on a shortlist of contestants waiting to appear on the show.

The Chase, which is hosted by popular funnyman Bradley Walsh and is watched by an audience of up to five million people, sees contestants go head to head with a professional quizzer, known as the Chaser, who tries to deprive them of a cash prize.

Four contestants appear on each episode of the show, having all successfully come through an audition process which David says begins with a phone call months before they are even invited to the studio.

David, who lists his specialist subjects as literature, history and geography, said: “I applied six months before my phone call came and by that time I’d forgotten that I’d applied in the first place.

“They gave me a quiz over the phone and asked me questions about myself, what I’d spend the money on and which of the Chasers I would like to face.

“I think they liked the fact that I was a head teacher and it ended up with them inviting me for a face-to-face audition.”

The audition took place in Sheffield and included answering general knowledge questions and meeting other hopefuls. At the end, David was told that he had been successful and was told to wait for another phone call inviting him to attend the filming itself.

David added: “I’ve got no idea how I will do if I get asked to appear. It’s an exciting prospect, so I’m really hoping that the phone’s going to ring.”