Schools take each other on in challenges

Latest education news from the Suffolk Free Press, suffolkfreepress.co.uk, @sfpsudbury on Twitter
Latest education news from the Suffolk Free Press, suffolkfreepress.co.uk, @sfpsudbury on Twitter

Sixth formers from three Suffolk academies including a school in Great Cornard will soon battle it out in a competition to prove who has the superior mental and physical agility.

Students from the Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard, the Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill and the Newmarket Academy will soon be taking part in the second Wardale Williams Sixth Form Trust Challenge on July 8.

The event, held at the Thomas Gainsborough School, will be hosted by Dominic Tyler Lovett, chairman of Colchester Mind, and Howard Lay, chief executive of the Samuel Ward Trust, of which the three academies are part.

The students will compete in five different activities: university challenge, public speaking, engineering, creative and physical.

Kenny Alexander, director of sixth form at the Thomas Gainsborough School, said: “This is a great opportunity for the three academies to get together and compete.

“The idea is to give the students the opportunity to test their skills in a competitive environment.

“The competition is aimed at helping our students develop their personal skills and give them an experience of dealing with a pressure situation, which we hope will benefit them in their future lives and careers.”

The event is sponsored by opticians Wardale Williams, which has practices in Sudbury and Haverhill.

Sudbury practice manager Amanda Skinner said: “Last year’s challenge was such a success. It was great to see how enthusiastic the students were.”

The challenge is.