Trebuchet Challenge proves smashing success

16th April 2019

Youngsters from a North Yorkshire School have joined in a uniquely ‘eggciting’ way to celebrate the end of the school Lent term – by seeing who could create a trebuchet and propel an egg the furthest across the school grounds.

Cundall Manor School, based between Ripon and Thirsk, have held the biennial competition for the past couple of years, with this year seeing nearly a dozen entries from across the school ranging from the very large, to the very small.

With help from parents, pupils constructed a number of innovative designs with varying degrees of success. Using their engineering skills, pupils presented their designs in front of the whole school before testing out their ability.

This year’s winners were the Attwood family who ‘smashed’ their personal best, propelling the egg the furthest down the length of the course.

Marketing Manager, Paul Swalwell, said: “The competition is a marvellous and quirky way to end term.”

“The variety of entries this year proved just how popular this is with our pupils and to see how much effort goes into each design is amazing. From the huge, trailer drawn contraptions to the smallest, each design was fabulous and it is great to see the whole community turn out to support each entrant.”

To find out more about Cundall Manor School or to book a place on the school’s next Open Morning on Saturday 18 May, visit