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Palmers Green students win Coronation design competition

Bench design by Broomfield School pupils selected to be displayed during King’s Coronation, reports Philbert Osei-Wusu

Chief yeoman warder Pete McGowran, a competition judge, at the Tower of London (credit Historic Royal Palaces)
Chief yeoman warder Pete McGowran, a competition judge, at the Tower of London (credit Historic Royal Palaces)

A Palmers Green school is one of 15 in the UK chosen to have its own illustrated bench displayed during next month’s Coronation celebrations.

The bench design drawn up by students at Broomfield School was chosen from more than 1,500 entries and means it will now be installed beside the Tower of London during the King’s Coronation.

The schools design competition was launched by Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that cares for the Tower of London. Young people were asked to think about their hopes for the future and create bench designs representing these ideas.

Understanding the symbolism of the upcoming Coronation, pupils at Broomfield designed their own colourful bench around the theme of a new era. For the students who worked on the design, they will be able to work with global public art producers ‘Wild in Art’ to refine their illustrations before their bench is installed.


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As a reward for their efforts the students have also been invited to a VIP trip to the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels and take part in different activities.

Tanyel Mustafa, Broomfield’s head of art, said: “Our design is a creative representation of inclusion, it confirms how important it is for children to access the arts in education.

“I am extremely proud of how our students collaborated their imagination and to come up with such a well thought-out design.”

Broomfield headteacher Adele Christofi added: “I’m so proud that a huge number of our school values are a feature of the design created by students, including culture and community. I am immensely proud of our students who through their design display ambition, creativity and innovation. These are the children of our future.”

Of the 15 different illustrated designs that have been chosen, many helped to convey what matters to children, with themes ranging from unity and peace to the environment.

For more information about the Coronation school project:
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hrp.org.uk/schools/the-tower-of-london-schools-coronation-competition/#gs.uj7vvk


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