Lodge Park students create artwork for Walking Bus scheme

Sixth Form students at Lodge Park Academy joined pupils from a local primary school to unveil their incredible artwork, which celebrates Woodnewton ALC School’s ‘walking bus’ scheme.


Launched five years ago by Northamptonshire Police and the Corby Town Safer Communities Team (SCT), the walking bus helps to combat parking issues and reduce congestion outside the school as pupils meet at nearby Pytchley Court before they walk safely to and from school with their teachers.


Over the last few months, Sixth Form art students at Lodge Park Academy have worked alongside Year 5 and 6 students at Woodnewton ALC to design and paint a huge mural that illustrates the local area and the walking bus.


The giant artwork, which has been mounted on the wall where the children meet, was unveiled on Tuesday 18th July in front of excited pupils, parents, teachers and members of Corby Town SCT.


This remarkable caricature has helped to make the meeting place more inviting and colourful for the children, whilst brightening up the local area.


PC Tracy Maltbywas, an officer who was on hand to help uncover the artwork, was impressed with the final result. She said: “It was a great to see what was once a little idea come to fruition.


“The community has really come together and worked hard to make this happen and they deserve all the thanks.”


Abbie Owen, Head of Art at Lodge Park Academy, commented: “This was a very successful collaboration between the two schools and our students were delighted to work on this incredible project.


“The students were thrilled to see their masterpiece on display and they have received some overwhelming compliments.


“We hope there will be more opportunities for students and pupils from both schools to work together through art projects in the future.”