A budding artist returned to her former village primary school to design a striking piece of artwork for their new reading area.
Pupils at Wickhambrook Primary Academy have begun benefitting from the new space which was unveiled on World Book Day.
A centrepiece for the new reading area is a huge painting by ex-pupil Emily Swift, who now studies art at Haverhill Community Sixth Form.
Emily described it as an honour after she was invited to paint the backdrop by her former art teacher, and now Wickhambrook headteacher, Hannah Tyzack.
Emily said: “I loved my time at Wickhambrook – it is a very special place for my family as I went to school here, my nan was a member of staff and my mum is a higher level teaching assistant.
“Hannah also taught me art when I was here so to be asked to come back and paint something for their new reading area was incredibly special.”
The painting is from ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy and includes the quote “What do you want to be when you grow up?” – something Hannah said was particular apt with Emily’s involvement.
Hannah said: “Due to the current restrictions, we decided to give each class their own mini-library rather than everyone use the existing one.
“But more importantly, we wanted to create a special reading area, placing books at the heart of our school.
“We were thrilled when Emily agreed to paint the backdrop and all our children absolutely love the space.”