Podium places for West Craven in schools challenge

West Craven High School pupils compete in the Lakeside Schools Challenge 2015. (S)
West Craven High School pupils compete in the Lakeside Schools Challenge 2015. (S)
  • West Craven school narrowly misses out on overall title in competition
  • Pupils finish in second and third place in Lakeside School Challenge 2015
  • Competition tests problem solving, teamwork skills and communication

West Craven High School has narrowly missed out on defending its national title at a schools competition in the Lake District.

Schools from across the UK were competing in the Lakeside School Challenge 2015 over five weekends in January and February testing everything from critical thinking to teamwork.

This is a great achievement, especially as we were very close to first place

Head of Science Jemma Maude

The ten Year 10 pupils, split in to two teams of five, could not defend the Kelbrook Road school’s overall trophy from 2014, however both West Craven teams completed the podium in second and third overall, first and second on their weekend.

The competition meant pupils had the chance to try new and challenging activities and improve communication, team working and problem solving skills as well as developing leadership qualities.

The students were swinging from trees, travelling over assault courses while carrying bowls of water, shooting arrows, walking tight ropes and night orienteering in an action packed weekend.

Head of Science, Jemma Maude, said: “Every pupil found that they had skills in areas that they hadn’t realised before and are already begging to go back.

“The challenge was against schools from all over the UK, and on the first night it was clear that we had some stiff competition from the previous teams and the opposition for the weekend looked tough. However we triumphed and our results for the weekend were a resounding first and second place.

“We also came second and third nationally beating a wide range of schools from all over the UK. This is a great achievement, especially as we were very close to first place without a full team due to two members having to drop out at the last minute.

“A special mention to Mr Wilson and Mrs Winwood for giving up their weekend to support our pupils and give them this fantastic opportunity.

“Well done to Bethanie Reeves, Brandon Jullien, Max Newsome, Bethany-Jo Brown, Matthew Kitson, Annie Pilkington, Daniel Jackson, Amelia Bullock, Joshua Lee and Megan Holden. We are all very proud of you.”