Schools' Challenge




20 Jun


Lincolnshire Showground

Your school can join us at the 2019 Lincolnshire Show Schools' Challenge!

The Lincolnshire Show Schools' Challenge is open to nursery, primary, secondary and special schools in Greater Lincolnshire.

There are ten challenges to choose from and their focus is on inspiring young people to gain a better understanding of Lincolnshire's rich agricultural history, its horticulture and land-based activities. To be involved in the Schools' Challenge, please download the Schools' Challenge leaflet and Expression of Interest Form available on this page, or contact our Educational Events Administrator Suzy, by emailing

Your Journey and Key Dates

1.Showing an expression of interest!
Once information has made its way to your school, have a look over the challenges and discuss possible options within the school to enter the competition. Complete theExpression of Interest Form, selecting challenges you would like to hear more about. You will then receive guidance notes of your challenges of interest. We recommend Expression of Interest forms are completed before Friday 29th March 2019. The sooner you register for the Schools’ Challenge, the sooner you can receive support and guidance along the way. All information documents are accessible here.

    2. Attending the Networking Meeting
    The Networking Meeting is held at The Lincolnshire Showground on Thursday 7th February 2019 4pm-7pm. During this free event, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable tips and advice from farming mentors and experts in the field, along with guidance and resources to support a successful entry in The Lincolnshire Show Schools’ Challenge. It is highly recommended that you attend, to find out more information or to secure your interest in entering a challenge. Please contact to book your place.

    3. Confirming your challenge and support
    Once you have decided you would like to enter The Schools’ Challenge, please send a confirmation to Suzy Stone with your selected challenge. You will then be emailed a Welcome Pack which includes: general guidance, logistical guidance, judging criteria, general risk assessment, ticket booking form, insurance form, photo permission form, schools’ challenge summary.

    4. Challenge support
    Once confirmed, you will be assigned a farming mentor to support you with an industry insight and provide further agricultural knowledge. If you haven’t received contact from your farming mentor, please email Suzy Stone at The Lincolnshire Showground. We are on hand to support you throughout your challenge journey and are available on email, telephone or a school meeting to discuss any support needs and advice along the way. Contact: Suzy Stone, Tel: 01522 585502 Mob: 07850 938950,

    5. Further Challenge support
    We are also offering drop in twilight sessions, a relaxed opportunity to ask questions and share ideas. These will be held at The EPIC Centre, Lincolnshire Showground between 4pm – 6pm. You may attend one, all or none of these sessions depending on your needs.

    Twilight Dates include:
    Wednesday 20th March
    Wednesday 17th April
    Wednesday 5th June

    6. Completing the required documentation
    We ask you to complete the required forms when possible to guarantee you can attend The Lincolnshire Show. Please use this checklist to ensure forms are sent back by their deadlines.

    Expression of Interest – Friday 29th March 2019 
    Ticket Application Form – Friday 3rd May 2019
    Insurance Form – Friday 3rd May 2019
    Photo Permission Form - Friday 3rd May 2019
    Challenge Summary – Friday 31st May 2019

    7. Working on your challenge in school
    It is now time to develop your challenge in school. Allow students to have an input into the challenge development with your guidance.
    Your main aim is to respond to the challenge using the judging criteria as a guide, ensuring you are including all criteria points. Also use your guidance notes, mentor and support from The Lincolnshire Showground to shape your challenge. You will be required to attend both days of the Show with a display stand of your challenge, showing all the work you have carried out. The students will also carry out a 15-minute presentation to the judges. Work within schools will be about developing these elements.

    8. Top tips!
    Allow students to be fully involved so that they completely understand the challenge and how it has developed.
    - Be creative and interactive as possible, think about presenting the information in different ways – showcase your work!
    - Ensure you have developed each criteria area of the judging criteria particularly the research and argument sections.

    9. Setting up
    We recommend set up on Tuesday 18th June 2019, as vehicle access is limited on Show Days. The Exhibition Hall is where you will showcase your work and will be open from 8am for set up. You will be provided with:

    - A 2m x 1m space located within the Exhibition Hall
    - 1 x trestle table
    - 2x chairs
    - 1 x electrical power supply

    As you can see from the picture below your set up is basic, it is up to you to provide display boards, table cloths, display work etc. to make it as creative and eye catching as possible to wow the judges. Unfortunately, you will not be guaranteed a wall space, so do take that into account when planning your display.

    10. Showcasing your work
    Your allotted presentations should last 15 minutes and be student led (unless support required e.g. for early years and SEN). We usually recommend 10 minutes of students presenting in any way they like – talking, singing, film, PowerPoint, handouts, tasting etc. with 5 minutes for the judges to look around the display and ask any questions.

    Judges have only a small window to assess the work against the judging criteria so its important that students get across as much information as possible and displays are informative and eye catching. There will be 2 judges assessing, one from a farming background the other from an education background to create a balanced mix.

    Not only the judges but the general public will visit your display stand over the 2 Show Days. This is a great opportunity for students to test their knowledge on the challenge topic and pass on to interested visitors. Previously, schools get creative and have provided tasting, recipes, activities, games etc. for the general public. All exciting ways to capture the interest of passers-by. The more creative, colourful and eye-catching the display is, the better. Schools have been known to develop their display vertically to cleverly make use of the space provided. 

    Please find below a selection of photos of school displays that have wowed us, hopefully this provides an understanding of the standards of challenges competing to be Schools’ Challenge Champion!

    The 2018 Schools' Challenge

    47 Primary, Secondary and Special Schools were involved in the Schools Challenge competition at the 2018 Lincolnshire Show. The Schools' Exhibition Hall was buzzing with enthusiastic and excited students all keen to show off their hard work and tremendous efforts.

    The Schools’ Challenge has ten different challenges to choose from, all linked to the curriculum and designed to extend young people’s knowledge and understanding of food, farming and sustainability. The students have been working on their challenge projects within School before attending the Lincolnshire Show and presenting their challenge projects to a team of experts, whilst competing for the hard-fought title of Schools’ Challenge Champion for their particular category!

    The Schools’ Challenge competition was kindly sponsored by Farmacy Plc, Branston Ltd, Beeswax Dyson Farming, The Farm Kitchen, Riseholme College, a part of Bishop Burton, Waterside Shopping Centre and The Willows Garden Centre and Restaurant.

    With thanks to our partners