Rock Challenge!

Although we were not winners this year (again) our second place means that we are one of the most successful schools at Rock Challenge in the North of England at the highest level of ‘Premier’ school.  In the last 5 years we have been placed in the top three 4 /5 occasions and have won the competition 4 times since 2002.  We came 2nd in 2014, 1st in 2015, 2nd in 2016.

This year our piece was called ‘Suited’ and was inspired by a pack of playing cards.  Most  schools in the competition have a heavy involvement from the performing arts department who direct the choreography / drama / design etc…. Here at Thornton we pride ourselves on encouraging our 6th form students to plan and lead the ideas covering the choreography, music, set, lighting and costumes.  They work with up to 80 students on the piece, which builds a great community spirit and develops strong leadership qualities in our students.  The students then create the whole 8 minute dance themselves with staff overseeing key elements of the production in an advisory capacity.  This student involvement makes our recent successes all the more poignant.

Samuel Purchon and Shannon Hopps (yr 13 students, choreographers and leaders for our piece)

“We have been part of the schools rock challenge team for 7 consecutive years and feel proud of the schools success of being titled the Northern Premier Champions twice.  We were the reigning champions and we are proud of  the talent that the students in our school possess with this year’s work ‘suited’.  A great sense of pride towards the piece is felt amongst us older students since we take on the more challenging roles as leaders creating the various elements of the work from choreography to design.  We love working as a team and inspiring the younger students with our amazing ideas.  We are glad that we have had the opportunity to be involved with such a great competition in Rock challenge.”

If you are interested in being in the Rock Challenge team then keep your eyes peeled for audition dates in the Autumn term.  Boys it would be great if we could get more of you involved, so don’t be shy and give it a go!


Teacher of Computer Science and ICT at Beckfoot Thornton school in Bradford.