The vision for Challenge Day at REACH School is based on the concept that the outdoors is an essential part of life as well as being integral to the development of the whole student. Challenge Day not only focuses on subject knowledge but ties learning together through ‘soft skills’ such as teamwork, cooperation and confidence. Our Outdoor Learning curriculum aims to develop self-esteem, cooperation and creativity as well as inspire students to achieve their full potential to provide them with the skills for life-long enjoyment of the outside world around us.

Challenge Day maximises the positive impact that outdoor experiences have upon children and young people; they should have access to frequent, continual and progressive experiences of outdoor learning within a range of environments and weathers. Outdoor Learning sessions are regularly planned so that they can be taken outside.

To further enhance this element we have Challenge Days every week, which gives students the opportunity to embark on a journey to different places around the West Midland’s area and further a field. In addition, we strive to educate students to appreciate and understand the world around us. The world is rapidly changing (uses of plastic, digital networking) and it has never been more important than now that we engage our students in the outside world around them.

Reach School is committed to providing an enriching and creative education for all students where Outdoor Learning is embedded in daily learning, so that our children learn how to look after and enjoy our world.

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one“