Challenge Wednesday


Challenge Wednesday is all about learning new skills, working with new people, discovering new interests and having a fun time.

Circurama - Learning Ringmaster Skills

The activities are for year 7 students only. We try to offer activities which are not available within the main curriculum, giving students the opportunity to enrich their learning and to work with people from the community rather than teaching staff.

Challenge Wednesday activities take place every Wednesday afternoon from 2.20pm until 3.30pm and each one lasts 6 weeks (one half term), meaning each student will participate in 6 activities across the school year. Many of them are based in school and the Sporting Club – with swimming at Concordia Leisure Centre in Manor Walks. The tutors, facilitators and coaches for all the activities come from the local community – dance and creative arts companies, NUFC and Active Northumberland. Activities are further supported by Learning Support Assistants and Sixth Form students in the classrooms with a team of school pastoral staff acting as roving supervisors across all the groups.

Student making a clay pot in ceramics

Students are given a booklet outlining the activities and an application form to help them choose what they would like to do on a Wednesday afternoon. They are encouraged to sign up for something new as well as activities they may have already tried, hence the title ‘Challenge’ Wednesday.

Some of our Challenge Wednesday activities include:

SPORT AT THE SPORTING CLUB – Multisport, Street Dance, Girls Football, Boys all-weather Football and Dodgeball.

CREATIVE CUPCAKES – Learn how to get creative with cupcakes using fondant and piping to decorate your own cakes.

BOOKISH – Bring books to life. Become an expert storyteller and encourage young children to love reading at local primary schools.

CREATIVE CRAFTS – Learn how to make survival and friendship bracelets, loom bands, shrinkies, Hama bead coasters and paperweights.

NUFC ENTERPRISE ACADEMY – Find out about how NUFC works and what goes on behind the scenes, not just the team but NUFC as a business.

DRAMA – Take to the stage! Learn how to create and perform role play through workshops focused on building confidence and expression.