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Challenge Days

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

They might be:

  • Whole-school events, such as Sports Day, a sponsored walk, or a service for the community. After the Philippines Typhoon in November 2013, we had a whole-school Challenge day investigating the consequences of the disaster. That night the whole school slept out in a church hall with no light or heat, to replicate what might happen if a storm struck here. This was a sponsored event, raising over £1200 for the Red Cross.
  • Year group events. These might be linked to the curriculum, for example a local history investigation at Tynham 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.
  • House events, such as inter-House team building and inter-House challenges, conservation work etc
  • Challenge Week July 2019



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. Details of forthcoming Challenge Weeks are published on the website.