Challenge Your Limits Building resilience

Challenge Your Limits (CYL) is our pioneering resilience programme that underpins all aspects of school life and helps our girls overcome adversity, maintain a positive outlook, embrace challenges and combat the fear of failure that can be a significant inhibitor to girls fulfilling their potential. The programme is designed to challenge perfectionism and develop a “can do” spirit within the school community.

For the last seven years we’ve shone a light on our resilience programme during Challenge Your Limits Week and from small beginnings it now includes talks, activities and cross-year challenges all centred around resilience. Students from each year group help plan the events to ensure that the week has the student experience at its core and is fully supported by the girls.

Activities include: Self Esteem and Relaxation Workshops; ‘It’s OK to Fail’ Breakfast Meetings; Workshops with Thoughtbox on Campassionate Leadership; Workshops with Laughology; Protest Art Installations; the Year 7 and Year 8 Trashion Show; and the Godolphin and Latymer Summer Fete with a starring role by Hank the therapy dog!

Expert speakers have included: Dick Moore speaking about the importance of resilience in ‘Learning to Dance in the Rain’; Oli Hunter-Smart sharing his stories of resilience as he trekked through India; Zara Balfour, talking about her film and charity to support the education of children in the Himalays, Snowland Journeys; Tulip Siddiq, Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn and campaigner for Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe; Steven Smith, CEO of the International Refugee Trust, Mabel van Oranje from the charity, Girls Not Brides; and War Surgeon, David Nott.

Senior female executives have joined us from Snapchat, Spotify, Kings College Hospital, Forbes Fintech, and the LSE for entrepreneurial panel events on female leadership in business, tech and science. They are important role models and mentors who talk about how risk-taking and perseverance have been crucial in their careers.

The theme of CYL2021 was ‘Doing the Right Thing’, something that had been whole-heartedly embraced by our school community during the previous eighteen months. Each year we raise funds for the students’ chosen charities and this year we raised over £3000 for the Pink Ribbon Foundation, Snowland Journeys, and the Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank.



We could not have imagined how fundamental the Challenge Your Limits initiative – which was pioneering at the time – would be in preparing our girls to deal with what they are dealing with now.
Upper Sixth Parent, May 2020