ELSPETH Terry is on cloud nine after winning a school design competition.
Her school has used her drawing of a soaring red kite as its new logo. Now, the bird is proudly emblazoned on the jumpers and even the school gates at Stockham primary school, Wantage.
Year Four pupil, Elspeth, nine, said: “I was so excited when I won because I knew my red kite would be going on the school jumpers and on the top of our newsletters. It’s great.”
Acting headteacher Ruth Burbank asked children to come up with a new design that represents the school’s values, ethos and the local community.
Year Two pupil Ella Tatum-Hale’s design inspired the new archway sign over the front entrance – a rainbow with children playing beneath.
Mrs Burbank said: “I am delighted with the look of the new school exterior.
“It reflects the hard working ethos and the family feel of the school. We are all so proud of what our children have achieved, and their new logo is the icing on the cake after our recent good Ofsted result.”
The school was rated good by Ofsted inspectors in every category in January, following a December visit.
Former teacher Carolyne Harrison also contributed to the school makeover by painting a mural of the school with the children playing in the playground.
The mural includes Wantage Market Square with King Alfred’s statue with the new school logo proudly at the top.
Red kites were reintroduced to the UK in the early 1990s after being hunted to extinction in the 19th century.
Between 1989 and 1994, kites from Spain were released into the Chilterns by the RSPB and English Nature.
They started breeding in the Chilterns in 1992 and there are now thought to be as many as 600 breeding pairs in the area.