It should be all smiles as students walk into Shuttleworth College – as a new mural in the school’s entrance hall can’t fail to raise a laugh.
The college had an 8m by 8m white wall when coming into the building and wanted to give the entrance some colour and character and to contribute to a community feel to the Padiham school.
And so Headteacher Ruth England came up with the idea of a mural involving the current Year Seven to 10 students and their teachers and some of the headshots spell out ‘Shuttleworth College’.
And it’s not all perfect posing and pouting – photographer Jason Broadhurst from JBP Studios got the students to pull funny faces and so many, teachers included, are recorded pulling their tongues out, covering their faces with their hair or even pulling their hoods up!
“I love it,” said Mrs England. “It was a massive white wall and, when you walked in, the entrance hall didn’t say it was a school.
“This mural helps to give it character, it makes the students and teachers a part of the building and all the students think it’s great. It makes them smile every time they walk into school which is a bonus!”
Year Seven student Ethan Gouldin said: “I was shocked when I saw it as I didn’t realise it was so big. I am quite low down so everyone can see it. I like it though.”
Student Harrison Whitehead said: “I didn’t think I had pulled that face!”
Local firm Pendle Signs installed the mural and were not put off by the size of the wall. A spokesman said: “We have worked with a number of schools and this media has worked well. We decided on the stippled effect media as this is more durable.”
It makes them smile every time they walk into school which is a bonus!Ruth England, Headteacher