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Pupils’ ‘togetherness’ ideas immortalised in sculpture at Bury St Edmunds school

Pupils at Tollgate Primary School with sculptor Andy Manning and his work
Pupils at Tollgate Primary School with sculptor Andy Manning and his work

Eggs and bacon, bees and honey and a lock and key were among the ideas of ‘togetherness’ submitted by hundreds of pupils for an innovative school sculpture.

Sculptor Andy Manning has this week been developing the ‘abstract’ wooden piece at Tollgate Primary, in Bury, based on concepts by pupils from a number of schools, which have been working together as part of Suffolk’s Raising the Bar initiative.

For the project, Bury Academy Trust’s Barrow Primary, Tollgate Primary and Howard Middle have joined forces with Mill Meadow Pupil Referral Unit, in Gazeley, to raise attainment in writing by developing children’s vocabulary.

Teachers and classes from each school have been paired up to plan and deliver lessons.

As part of the sculpture work, pupils had a lesson on togetherness and drew a picture of what it meant to them to inspire Mr Manning.

Other concepts included earth and water as well as a quill and ink.

Each school has visited Tollgate to see him work on the sculpture, which will include pictures and words. It will remain at Tollgate.

Lucy Smith, assistant headteacher at Barrow Primary, said: “The children were shouting out ideas while he was working. They were excited because they could see their ideas in creation.”


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