BBC challenge success for Portland Place School

Pupils battled it out in a national awareness competition, becoming one of the few winners to scoop a first place prize

Young children from hundreds of schools all over the country demonstrated their support for anti-bullying by taking part in the Odd Socks Day challenge, in association with the BBC’s Andy Day. 

The pupils were invited to don their best odd socks to school, encouraging them to embrace being unique. The day was then captured in an image and submitted as a competition entry on Twitter with the hashtags #AntiBullyingWeek and #OddSocks. The winners were selected by Andy himself, who based his judgement on the most creative submission. 

All 30 pupils in Portland Place School’s Year 7 group who took part in the nationwide initiative will now celebrate their efforts with a special performance from Andy Day and his band, ‘Andy and The Odd Socks’, followed by a workshop on anti-bullying. 

Headmaster David Bradbury commented: “We are immensely proud of our Year 7s for pulling out all the stops and winning this nationwide competition. The classrooms were awash with colour and all for a great cause, as the pupils admirably supported this anti-bullying campaign.  

At Portland Place School, we strive to encourage our pupils to engage academically in a creative and lively atmosphere. Initiatives and competitions like the Odd Socks Day enable us to provide opportunities for the children to interact in activities outside of the curriculum, and develop and express their creativity.” 

For more information on the school, please visit www.portland-place.co.uk.