Agricultural Challenge for Special Education

This challenge is spread over two terms where participating schools will work on a series of activities agreed upon the previous summer. Schools can enter in 5 of the categories and can bring along a team of 9 students on the day of the final.

During the final, a selection of judges from the Society will attend and enjoy looking at the fantastic work on display. Certificates are awarded to all of the participating students and also awarded to the winner of each category.

Trophies are then awarded to the 'Best in Show', with the winning school also receiving £100 in prize money, with runners up also receiving a cash prize each.

The Final of the Agricultural Challenge for Special Education is held in the Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury, and took place on Thursday 26th April 2018.

The categories are as follows:

  • A collage on the theme of the Commonwealth Games
  • Up to 10 ideas for Garden Crafts (A4 size)
  • Something savoury made for a picnic
  • Something on an environmental theme made from recycled materials
  • A visual diary of growing a food product from seed, through to cooking with it (optional to bring along the end product)
  • A homemade bug house
  • A container of grown Spring flowers

The winner was Reading College with Mary Hare Primary School and The Castle School joint runners up.

There will be a planning meeting to decide on the categories for next year’s challenge, at 1.45 pm on June 27th at Addington School. Any interested parties are welcome to attend, just let Jan know on 01635 247111 or email


“Thanks again for a lovely day. Everyone enjoyed themselves and they're already asking when the next one is! The judges were all really kind and showed a genuine interest when they were chatting to the students - which is exactly what they needed. It was great to see more people taking part and to get more ideas, I'm looking forward to seeing them all again when we meet up.” – Addington School

“Thank you so much for yesterday, the children really enjoyed being in the limelight and talking to everybody. I have just done an assembly with the whole school and each class were delighted with their certificate. Thank you so much for sending over the one for the seaside collage, I was able to present that too.” – Mary Hare Primary

“I would like to thank you once again for inviting us. The students had a fantastic time and on the way home have already started to think of ideas for next year. They would like to enter every category next time. It was amazing the standard of work that was produced.” – Reading college