Every year our pupils are involved in residential camps which give them valuable experience in the challenges of the wider world. Over recent years we have visited such places as the North Yorkshire Moors, The New Forest and the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. Additionally, we have undertaken kayaking expeditions down the Kennet and Avon Canal and ski trips to Italy and Spain.

Our pupils are also encouraged to undertake ‘challenges’. In 2017 and again in 2018, Year 11 pupils set off to accomplish the Welsh 3000s challenge in one expedition. This involved climbing 14 peaks, all over 3000ft in altitude in Snowdonia.

June 2018, The Welsh 3000 Challenge

In June 2016 all of the Upper School walked a gruelling 40km along the Sarsen Trail, at the same time raising over £2,500 for Help for Heroes. In September 2017 they completed the walk again, this time raising £850 for The Bobby Van Trust and £850 for the Friends of Appleford

Sarsen Challenge Appleford school

2016 and 2017, Sarsen Challenge

In July 2014, 30 pupils cycled their way from Devizes to Westminster, camping by the Kennet and Avon Canal and the Thames valley along the way.

They were met at the finish line outside the Palace of Westminster by fellow pupils, staff and parents, ready to be taken around the House of Commons and the parliamentary lobbies by Salisbury MP John Glen.


July 2014, Cycle Challenge

In June 2013, 9 pupils accompanied by 4 staff members including the Headmaster David King, completed the Three Peaks Challenge. Climbing each of the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in five days.

We believe dyslexic pupils can achieve their highest goalsJune 2013, Three Peaks Challenge