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 will be held in the Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury on 2nd May 2019.

The categories are as follows:

  • A collage on the theme of 'Wildlife in the countryside'
  • A jar of something savoury, with one ingredient homegrown, and savoury biscuits
  • 'A gift from the garden' - a present for someone special
  • Something on an environmental theme made from recycled plastic
  • A visual diary over time of work taking place outside the classroom
  • A cake made to any recipe which has been decorated with an environmental theme
  • A scarecrow
  • A gardener's calendar for 2019 featuring photos of things growing in the school garden

The winner in 2018 was Reading College with Mary Hare Primary School and The Castle School joint runners up.

If this is something of interest to you and would like to enter a team for 2019, please 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