St Paul's School, Tupsley, enjoys new Oak Leaf Gates

Hereford Times: From left to right: Jonathan Woodcock, sales manager at Oak Leaf Gates, pupils David Cunningham and Phoebe Lovell, and head teacher Andrew Teale in front of the St. Paul's Church of England Primary School new gates designed by Bartestree company Oak L From left to right: Jonathan Woodcock, sales manager at Oak Leaf Gates, pupils David Cunningham and Phoebe Lovell, and head teacher Andrew Teale in front of the St. Paul's Church of England Primary School new gates designed by Bartestree company Oak L

A BARTESTREE-based company has been helping county pupils to get creative and design a bespoke pair of gates for their school.

Oak Leaf Gates – which has designed gates for Chelsea Flower Show and Salow Prive – worked with year-six students at St Paul's Church of England Primary School in Tupsley to design and install the new set of school gates.

They were created to reflect the values of the school and pupils, such as music, learning, sport, the church, friendship and craftsmanship.

Head teacher, Andrew Teale, said: “We are delighted with our new school gates. It has been an exciting project and the pupils are thrilled to have seen their ideas and designs come to fruition in such a creative way.

“We are incredibly proud of our distinct school gates.”

Oak Leaf Gates crafted the main structure of the gate, incorporating the Church of England cross, the school shield and completing the design by shaping the edges of the gates into a book theme.

Aaron Heath, a blacksmith working at the local Oldfield Forge, worked with Oak Leaf Gates to represent the concepts of music and the church in the ironwork, while Hereford Glass produced the glass panels.

The company also worked with local sign writers C Stanley Jones, to incorporate a stylized image of the year-six pupils, 2011 to 2012.

The gate posts completed the design story, and Oak Leaf Gates carved these as 7ft tall pencils, finished in the school colours of yellow and blue.

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