STUDENTS from Rastrick High School are preparing to compete in a national outdoor challenge.
A team of eight will take part in the 2006 Kielder Challenge in April.
The challenge, which is supported by the HSBC Education Trust, is a national event for teams of 13 to 16-year-olds with and without learning, sensory and physical disabilities.
It aims to integrate youngsters in an outdoor environment.
The Rastrick students will take part in a day-long regional heat.
They will compete in a series of games promoting teamwork and integration between team members.
The trust's chief executive, Dame Mary Richardson, said: "It gives young people with and without disabilities the chance to compete on equal terms.
"It also promotes teamwork, leadership skills and a positive attitude. This is essential if a child is to develop self confidence, self esteem and achievement outside the classroom."
The final is in Kielder Forest, Northumberland, in September.
The venue for the regional heat has yet to be decided.