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23 May 2007 PR 07/71

Students’ mural brings a splash of colour to local school

A colourful mural by three Loughborough University students is helping to brighten up the day of staff and pupils at Ashmount School in Loughborough.

The mural, which is 16 feet long, is located at the front of the special education needs school and depicts a selection of the school’s activities. It was designed by James Baker, Tom Powell and John Pimperton, who are all studying Fine Art at the University’s School of Art and Design.

“We were asked by the head teacher, Sue Horn, to design a mural that would help to brighten the school’s appearance,” explains James. “We wanted to develop something that would be a celebration of both the school and of the children’s learning and interests, so we used the children’s posters and pictures which are pinned around the school as our inspiration. We’ve also made reference to the town of Loughborough through the buildings silhouetted in the background.”

Everyone at the school is delighted with the new artwork, says head teacher Sue Horn. “I think the mural is excellent. It provides a focal interest point, which is both exciting and bright. We wanted something vibrant to reflect the work within the school.”
As well as the mural, the students were also asked to replace the signs on and around the front of the school building.

“We used the same colour scheme and shapes as the mural, which we hope will give the school’s appearance a real lift. Visitors will hopefully get a great first impression of the school – and staff and pupils will enjoy a bright start to every day!” says James.

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  1. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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