A group of teachers, parents and governors from a Chorleywood school are taking on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for new computers.

The 30-strong team from Christ Church School, Chorleywood, which includes head teacher Duncan Gauld and deputy head Lindsay Winterbourne, will take part in the challenge on Saturday, May 26.

The Three Peaks involves climbing the three highest mountains in England, Wales and Scotland - Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis – in the space of one day.

They will be raising money to replace the school's ageing IT facilities, after money which had been put aside for this purpose was wiped out by a boiler failure in the winter term.

Mr Gauld said: "We are looking to buy a set of new computers for the school’s IT suite. Those we have are at the end of their lives.

"It’s no good if the children have better equipment at home than we can provide at school – we can’t teach them anything new and they make no progress."

The money the school receives from central government is used to cover staff, operational expenditure, resources and catering.

Christ Church spends about 80 per cent of this budget on staffing, which does not leave much for anything else.

The school's PTA is very active in its fundraising, which helps to fund playground and sports equipment, and many of the workshops and visitors to school. However, any extra money saved up was spent on replacing the school's boiler when it failed in the winter term.

Mr Gauld added: "When our children get into the world of work they need to be familiar with the ever-changing world of technology - software and hardware.

"We have to keep up and help them to be confident otherwise we do them an enormous disservice."

As well as the Three Peaks Challenge, all the pupils have been asked to think of something they can do to help raise money.

Children will be manning a stall at the forthcoming French Market in Chorleywood on Sunday, May 13, and hope to hold a sponsored run on Chorleywood Common on Sunday, May 20.