Completing the form

Please use this form to give FIRST, SECOND and THIRD preference for the Challenge your son/daughter would like to sign up for. 

Information on each Challenge and on the sign-up process was in the Challenge Week Brochure provided at the end of last term (also below).

We do our very best to operate a fair system for reserving places, but places on each Challenge are limited (by various factors) and therefore we regret it is unlikely we can accommodate first choices for all students.  


1. Places are not confirmed until returned forms have been processed.

2. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, other than where room sizes on residential trips restricts the allocation (due to the need for single-sex sharing).

3. For forms received by noon on Friday 29th April, your ParentPay account should show the trip allocated by the end of the working day, for the deposit to be paid.

4. Deposits must be paid by midnight on Tuesday 3rd May to secure the place

5. For forms received after noon on Friday 29th April, allocation and ParentPay updates will not take place until Tuesday 3rd May at the earliest.

Challenge Week 2022

Challenge Week 2022 is launched! A printed copy of the brochure was sent home with students at the end of term (or sent home for students who are off that day) - but you can also view it here.

Challenge Days

These are days when the school timetable is collapsed and provide opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.

They might be:

  • Whole-school events, such as Sports Day, whole school team-building, or a service for the community like beach cleaning.
  • Year group events. These might be linked to the curriculum, for example a local history investigation at Tyneham or Studland, or a maths or science investigation, or a visit to a gallery in London. Or these might be to develop a PSHEE (personal, social, health or enterprise education) project such as alcohol awareness, a drama production or business activities, or afford chance for students to gain an extra-curricular qualification like a Certificate in First Aid or Food Hygiene. 
  • Inter-Crew events.

Challenge Days are often based on a theme. For example, recent Challenge Days have had the themes 'Healthy Body', 'Healthy Mind' and 'Healthy Planet'. 

Challenge Week

To develop deeper learning and enable exciting experiences we have a Challenge Week every year. This takes place at the end of the academic year in July. We offer a range of residential trips in the UK and abroad, as well as week‑long investigations in and around school. 

During Challenge Week we want students to have fun, but also intend for them to challenge themselves and try new things, to see places they've not been to before, to learn new skills, broaden their horizons and develop new friendships. 

Previous trips have seen students hiking in Derbyshire, bungy-jumping on the Isle of Wight, sailing in France, visiting volcanoes in Spain, crafting eco-art at Arne, theatre-going in London, exploring the Jurassic Coast and surfing in Cornwall. There is also an option of enjoying day trips and activities whilst camping on the school field! Something for everyone, and something for all budgets. 


What's it all about?