The Challenge

'The Challenge’ is about stretching pupils and promoting awareness of local, national and international community needs.

We want all of our pupils to make a difference in the world around them.

Each year, pupils in years 7 and 8 are asked to take on a new challenge, which they submit in the form of a written project illustrated with photographs of their progress. Individual challenges could focus on learning a new skill, building resilience, or achieving a difficult sporting goal.  They also often help others in the local community or raise money for a cause close to the pupil’s heart.

Recent individual challenges have included:

  • Raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital through painting and selling stones
  • Climbing Snowdon
  • Learning to cook 
  • Volunteering in a local care home
  • Supporting an elderly person in the local community
  • Learning to ride a horse
  • Designing and making an outfit
  • Learning a new language

pupil playing the drums

Form Challenges

Every tutor group in the school also undertakes a ‘Form Challenge’ to raise money for a nominated charity. Recent Form Challenges have included:

  • A fun run dressed as minions 
  • A sponsored walk by night over Cannock Chase
  • An outdoor sleepover 
  • A squat challenge
  • A Quiz event
  • Organising a school disco 
  • Collectively covering the distance from John O’Groats to Land’s End

We promote the personal development of every student through teamwork and encouraging individual endeavour.  Time is allocated in tutor periods and pupils are supported by sixth form Form Managers in the planning and execution of their challenge.  Pupils write up and submit a report on the challenge and they are judged by someone from outside school at the end of the academic year.

If you have any questions about the Challenge, please speak to your form tutor or Mrs Griffiths.