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We’re particularly proud that the dormitory wall art contributed to Summer Fields was Highly Commended at the BSA Awards in 2021. Find out how we worked with this wonderful school to transform their boarding house.

Dormitory wall art

What makes this design so unique? Well, for a start it includes articles written by the pupils and teachers at Summer Fields School! The newspaper articles perfectly complement the Harry Potter themed designs. The overall effect is a feeling of home-from-home for students. Summer Fields Dorms

Immersive design

Wall art is a truly immersive medium that can transform your school’s visual environment. Because our designs are bespoke, we can create absolutely anything you can imagine. This Harry Potter theme is one of our favourite projects. We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the school about its impact on pupils.

More about wall art

Dormitory wall art is just one example of the kind of projects we complete for schools. In fact, we tailor all designs to the school’s unique preferences. For some schools, the focus is on learning, so they might want their designs to reflect their curriculum. For other schools, there may be a focus on a particular school subject or a mix of subjects. Sometimes schools want to showcase their school values or motto. Whatever you have in mind, we can bring it to life!
If you’d like to find out about wall art for your school, get in touch We can show you more examples of our work, or even put you in touch with other schools we’ve worked with so you can get first-hand feedback Promote Your School is a design agency that specialises in education and we’ve over 20 years’ experience. We’re well placed to guide you through our design process and ensure you get the result you want [post_title] => Case study: Summer Fields dormitory wall art [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => case-study-summer-fields-dormitory-wall-art [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-12-20 16:21:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-12-20 16:21:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://ie-today.co.uk/?p=38305 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 38300 [post_author] => 56 [post_date] => 2021-12-16 00:00:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-12-16 00:00:09 [post_content] =>
We were approached by the team at Bloxham School and tasked with designing school wall art for a science and maths corridor. We were fortunate to have a lot of lovely white wall space to use, and a combination of corridors and stairwells created the perfect blank canvas for the science and maths corridor. Famous faces emblazoned on a corridor wall celebrate iconic pioneers within the field of science. In particular, the likes of Rosalind Franklin, Francis Crick and James Watson feature alongside descriptions of their work and contributions. School wall graphics science stairwell

Maths

With a very futuristic feel to the design, maths is the star of the show down the length of a stairwell. Powers of 10 are displayed alongside relative descriptions in the real world. Students will also be amazed to learn incredible facts; like the diameter of the universe! The science and maths corridor wall art brings these important subjects to life. So pupils can engage naturally with the information. They can also explore imagery and take an interest in these key subjects – at their own pace. School wall graphics maths corridor

Dynamic design

It’s much easier to understand something if you can see it. So we’ve taken a very visual approach to the design, with lots of large images, colour and big readable text. The result is an awe-inspiring view of the real-world through a scientific lens. This makes the information relatable to students and inspires natural curiosity. This stunning science and maths themed corridor is one of many examples we can share of wall art in action. Because all our designs are bespoke, there is no limit to what can be achieved on the walls, windows, doors, floors and external buildings of your school. School wall graphics science corridor

Science

The Periodic table is displayed as a visual overview of all chemical elements in order. Each element is included in a large colourful box, so it’s eye-catching and engaging for pupils. As students make their way between lessons, they’ll begin to recognise the familiar symbols and descriptions of each element. In this way, the wall art serves as a visual learning aid that complements the STEM aspect of the curriculum! School wall graphics science stairwell

Stairwell

We included a science timeline down the length of the stairwell. A combination of dates, pictures and facts have transformed a previously plain white wall. Taking the stairs has never been so appealing!
Learn more about our design process here If you’d like to arrange a remote consultation or a free site visit, get in touch! We’ll discuss your objectives and suggest ways of using wall art to transform your learning environment. We’ll then put together a bespoke quote tailored to your requirements and school budget. [post_title] => Case study: Bloxham School science and maths corridor [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => bloxham-school-science-and-maths-corridor [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-12-15 16:00:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-12-15 16:00:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://ie-today.co.uk/?p=38300 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 37846 [post_author] => 56 [post_date] => 2021-12-13 00:00:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-12-13 00:00:08 [post_content] => Prospective parents have a lot to consider when choosing their child’s school. Some may focus on your academic performance and Ofsted ratings, whilst others will rely on word of mouth, reputation and their ‘gut’ feel. Here we’ll share our tried and tested tips for how to make a positive and lasting impression, so your school is first choice.

Focus on EYFS

If yours is a primary school, the majority of prospective parents will be looking for their child’s first school. This means they’ll be focusing primarily on your EYFS provision. It can be very daunting for parents to part with their children, especially for those whose children haven’t attended any formal daycare since birth. So, one of the best ways to impress prospective parents is to make sure that your EYFS setting is as warm, welcoming and nurturing as possible.

Think visual

If you’re keen to present a positive image of your EYFS setting, it’s key to consider your visual environment. For example, if your buildings are looking unloved or worse for wear, parents may associate this with the level of care you’ll provide to their children. It needn’t cost a fortune to give your school’s walls a makeover. In fact, you can just focus on a few small areas to make a big impact. Many schools opt for a phased approach to their school improvement. For example, they may invest in a revamp of their EYFS environment first – making sure there are comfortable furnishings, clear signage and a positive visual environment. Once EYFS is sorted, they’ll move on to other areas of the school. [caption id="attachment_38124" align="alignnone" width="790"] St Margaret's Prep[/caption]  

Make it personal

What can your school offer a prospective parent’s child that no other can? Be proud of your unique offering and share your unique selling points within communications and open days. For example, you might have a fantastic wellbeing programme, or do inspiring work in the community. For many parents, these initiatives will make a much stronger impression than Ofsted ratings and academic credentials. Each child is different, and it’s effective to show the ways in which your school welcomes children from various backgrounds and cultures, with unique interests, personality types and abilities.

Think online

More than ever, prospective parents are going online to do their research. And, choosing a school without having seen it in the flesh isn’t an ideal scenario. Over the past year, we’ve seen many schools turn to virtual open days, video Q&As and their school website as a primary marketing channel. If this sounds like you, did you know that your school building can provide a perfect backdrop for your marketing materials? For example, you may have a beautiful library to encourage reading, ample outdoor space for playtime or a visually rich learning environment in your corridors and classrooms. Try to include photos of these areas within your marketing to show off what makes your school great. Why not host your headteacher’s Q&A in front of an interesting or unique part of your school, instead of the standard ‘school office’ backdrop? [caption id="attachment_38125" align="alignnone" width="790"] Wellington School library[/caption]  

Go social

Does your school have an active Twitter page? We know, for many school leaders, Twitter is the last place you’d rather spend your time! But it’s often the first place prospective parents look when doing their research. You needn’t feature your pupils if you’re concerned about their online safety. But a couple of posts each week about what your staff and students are up to, ideally with an accompanying photo of your buildings, willing teachers or assets like drawings, books and classroom settings, can say a lot about your school.

Bespoke wall art for schools

At Promote Your School, we specialise in creating bespoke wall art for schools. Our designs are tailored to your school, preferences and budget. Get in touch to find out more or visit our case studies section to see more examples of our work. [post_title] => How to impress prospective parents [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => how-do-you-make-sure-your-school-is-the-first-choice-for-prospective-parents [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-12-13 09:16:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-12-13 09:16:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://ie-today.co.uk/?p=37846 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 37841 [post_author] => 56 [post_date] => 2021-12-06 00:00:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-12-06 00:00:08 [post_content] => Your teacher training room should be dynamic, inviting, welcoming and inspiring. But how do you achieve this? In this blog, we’ll share a few tried and tested tips that will help you get the most from your training room.

Teacher training

How do you inspire and motivate the next generation of teachers to find their passion? Your teacher training room is a good place to start. Perhaps you’re considering creating a dedicated training room within your school, or you’d like to use an external venue? Either way, it’s really important to think about the visual environment in which your training programme will take place. In the same way that the visual environment is key to positive learning outcomes for pupils, it matters where you train your teachers too. [caption id="attachment_38103" align="alignnone" width="790"] Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School – training and outreach centre[/caption]  

What to consider

There are a few points to consider if you want to create an inspiring training room:
  • Walls: Are they dull and uninteresting? Bring them to life with beautiful images, motivational quotes and beautiful colours.
  • Furniture: Is it comfortable and inviting? Training sessions may be long – pick comfy chairs, pleasant colours and soft furnishings.
  • Accessibility: Can anyone access and use your training room, including those with special needs or disabilities? Make sure they can.
  • Lighting: Bright fluorescent lights that cause eye strain and headaches? No thanks! Choose wisely when it comes to lighting.

Wall art for teacher training rooms

Bespoke wall art can make a huge difference to any room. Whether the design is for students or staff, NQTs or those in training, the visual environment matters. Choose designs that motivate, uplift and inspire. For example, it can help to use quotes like those we used in Lee Chapel School’s teacher training room at the top of this blog. We love the vibrant colours of the flooring, complemented by wooden tables and comfortable chairs. Our wall art was the final piece of the puzzle, creating an inviting space for future teachers to learn their craft.
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Bridging the learning gap

As we start the new school year, it’s more important than ever that students have a positive environment in which to learn. Here are a few ways to enrich your learning environment and make it more positive:
  • Make it visual – Use visual learning cues wherever possible to help pupils absorb and remember facts.
  • Immersive learning – Use lots of colour and large, vivid imagery to bring information to life.
  • Think beyond the classroom – You can use any space in your school as a learning opportunity. This includes your corridors, stairwells and even communal spaces like halls and outdoor areas. Think about how you can stimulate discussion, invoke curiosity and encourage pupils to want to find out more about subjects.
  [caption id="attachment_36785" align="alignnone" width="790"] Fulham School[/caption]  

Wall art for learning

At Promote Your School, we design bespoke wall art for schools that motivates pupils, stimulates discussion and inspires learning. Our most popular types of wall art are:
  • Timelines – Allow pupils to walk side-by-side with key dates in history, showing the chronology and impact of events.
  • Maps – A beautiful and visual extra large map is a wonderful way to give context and connection to the wider world.
  • Literacy themes – If you don’t have a dedicated school library, use your corridors to promote reading.
  • Immersive learning– Floor to ceiling wall art that truly immerses pupils into a particular subject or interest area.
  • Outdoor spaces – transform your outdoor space into a learning area, or hide unsightly fences and outbuildings
  These are just a snapshot of the types of wall art we can design. All our artwork is customised to each individual school, so we can design pretty much any concept you can conceive!

A consultative approach

We provide a fully consultative approach, from start to finish. It begins with a free site visit to your school; this allows us to chat about your objectives and measure up your available space. Then, we’ll put together a bespoke quote based on your needs and budget. We’ll guide you through the design process, until finally, the TADAAA moment; we’ll print and install your wall art at a convenient time for you. We’re able to install wall art at weekends and during the school holidays to minimise disruption. We can work around your schedule and arrange an installation date that suits you.
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1. To welcome

The first of our school wall art tips is a simple one. Wall art on your school's exterior walls and fencing gives a window into life at your school and makes your school an inviting place to visit. First impressions and the way you present yourself counts. Well-designed wall art in your reception area can make that all-important first impression a good one. A friendly and welcoming reception area will make your visitors feel comfortable and at ease and more likely to be keen to come back in the future.

2. To inspire

Impactful wall art with interesting and age-appropriate content will encourage children’s natural curiosity and inspire pupils and staff alike. Wall art can be effectively used to raise pupils' ambitions through carefully chosen, aspirational wording and images.

3. To inform

Bespoke artwork that showcases curriculum information can act as visual resources to support your pupils’ learning and encourage engagement in subject knowledge, for example, using timelines of historical events can reinforce class-based learning and open pupils’ eyes to the impact of key figures and events in history – a subject that is losing appeal among younger students. Themed areas representing various environments can widen children’s understanding of the world around them.

4. To spark thinking

Inspiring wall art can stimulate curiosity and interest in the subject matter being depicted. Themed and curriculum-based areas can encourage investigation and deeper thinking as well as spark imaginations. Stimulating wall graphics can be used to initiate conversation and discussion between groups of pupils and with their teachers.

5. To make your school more accessible

Using wall art to zone areas, for example, a computing themed corridor leading to the computing department/suite is a great way to assist pupils to find where they need to go and it also helps to get them into the right frame of mind for a subject as they wait to go into lessons. Including way-finding information designed into the graphics can further support pupils and visitors to quickly and efficiently get where they need to be.

6. To promote your vision and values

Celebrate your school and everything that you stand for through visual boards that communicate your values and vision. Values-based wall art is a great way to illustrate the meaning of your vision to your pupils and raise the profile of how you aim to help children to learn, grow and develop.

7. To reduce workload and add efficiency

Maintenance of your walls and creating displays can be both time-consuming for teachers and use more of your school’s budget than you may first think. Professional, bespoke wall graphics last many years, therefore, reducing maintenance costs as well as giving more time back to teachers, allowing them to focus on what they do best.

8. To communicate your brand identity

Branded wall art is more than just your logo. It tells the world outside of your school who you are and what you stand for. In addition, it creates a sense of unity and belonging and can motivate staff, children and parents towards a shared goal.

9. To add wow factor

In school we are always looking to create awe and wonder moments for the children. Well-designed wall art can add wow factor to your walls, which can separate you from the rest.

10. To raise a smile

stimulating feature wall can help to make school feel like a fun and positive place to be and cheer up any drab and dreary area. Most of all, it can make pupils and staff feel happy to be in school.
Bring your school's walls to life and explore our bespoke wall art options. You can call us on 020 7404 3400 or email info@promoteyourschool.co.uk [post_title] => 10 ways to use bespoke wall art in your school [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-ways-to-use-bespoke-wall-art-in-your-school [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-09-23 16:42:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-09-23 15:42:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://ie-today.co.uk/?p=36447 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 36411 [post_author] => 56 [post_date] => 2021-09-17 11:59:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-09-17 10:59:53 [post_content] => Timelines are a type of Wall Art for schools that serve as a powerful learning resource for pupils. In addition to adding interest to your visual environment, they can also add context, memorability and meaning to key historical dates. In this blog, we’ll explore how timelines can transform your school, and improve learning outcomes for pupils.

Context is key

One of the reasons that timelines are such a powerful learning resource is because they give context. Specifically, they give pupils a visual guide to what happened, when, in history. For example, students may have learned about the World Wars, but be unclear about what other events took place between them. Or, perhaps they struggle to place events by the century or decade in which they occurred. When trying to place these dates and events chronologically, timelines can make a world of difference.

Never forget

The brain processes visual information 60,000 times faster than text. So, when students walk your school’s corridors each day, flanked by dates and events represented visually on your walls, they’re likely to remember them. At exam time, a pupil may think back to that large photo of Queen Victoria on the wall and immediately remember the dates during which she reigned. That’s the power of visual learning resources! [caption id="attachment_36421" align="alignnone" width="790"] A timeline at Ramridge Primary School[/caption]  

Get talking

We were delighted to see a post on Twitter recently from one of our clients: St Michael and St Martin Catholic Primary School. This is a fantastic example of how to use timelines to their best advantage. Get your pupils active, walk around and engage with the designs. It’s the best natural conversation starter.
Contact us to find out more about timelines and Wall Art for schools You can also view more examples of our work in the case studies section of our website [post_title] => Why timelines are an effective learning resource [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => why-timelines-are-an-effective-learning-resource [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-09-17 14:04:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-09-17 13:04:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://ie-today.co.uk/?p=36411 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 35906 [post_author] => 56 [post_date] => 2021-08-23 12:12:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-08-23 11:12:04 [post_content] => We’ve seen a few trends emerge in 2021 for certain types of unique wall art. It’s a joy to design unique wall art for schools, colleges and universities around the world. Through our work, we tend to see common themes that many clients request. But it’s always exciting to come up with new ideas that bring fresh perspective and dynamism to our work. Here’s a collection of some interesting new trends we’ve seen over the past year, and how we’ve taken these new concepts and turned them into tangible works of art for our clients. [caption id="attachment_35918" align="alignnone" width="790"] A timeline at The Grove School[/caption]  

Common wall art types

Before we get into the new trends that are emerging, it’s worth taking a look back at some of the most common themes our clients request. Because our work is bespoke, we make sure every artwork is unique to the individual school. But there are definitely some common types of wall art that we get requests for time and time again. The first is timelines. These are undoubtedly our most popular type of wall art design. They can cover any subject, though history tends to be the most popular. A timeline acts as a powerful learning aid and can cover the length and breadth of your corridors and stairwells. Maps are very popular too, as are subject features that focus on a single school subject or a mix of all. Finally, school values tend to be popular, with many schools asking us to feature their values on a welcome wall or in a communal space like the school hall. [caption id="attachment_35920" align="alignnone" width="790"] Many schools have requested nature-themed wall art[/caption]  

Unique wall art trends

In addition to the common wall art types, we’ve seen some exciting new trends emerging this year. Covid-19 has placed unprecedented pressure on schools (and pupils). It’s been hugely rewarding to see so many schools investing in their learning environments at a really challenging time. A BBC article reported that Covid-19 has had a huge impact on young people with existing mental health conditions. Another report, by the charity YoungMinds, reported that 67% of respondents said the pandemic will have a long-term negative effect on their mental health. Amid these worrying statistics, we’re delighted to see so many schools requesting nature-themed wall art, which is proven to improve mental health and wellbeing. Covid-19 social distancing regulations have meant some schools have turned their outdoor areas into additional learning spaces and break out areas. And many have requested beautiful nature-themed wall art to transform these areas into tranquil, positive settings for learning. This is a trend that we expect will stay, even once Covid restrictions are (hopefully) a thing of the past.

Sixth form areas

Another exciting and unique wall art trend we’ve seen is an increased focus on sixth form areas. A number of schools have designated special areas for their sixth form students to give them somewhere unique to spend time and connect with their peers. This approach certainly benefits students, giving them a sense of independence and importance, which is vital for young adults. But it is also a valuable selling point for the school, especially if they are keen to attract quality sixth formers from other schools. [caption id="attachment_35921" align="alignnone" width="790"] Inspiration in the music lobby at Tollgate Primary School[/caption]  

Inspirational people

Everyday heroes have become a very popular and unique wall art trend this year. From Sir Tom Moore to Stormzy, many schools use their walls to feature local heroes, inspirational figures and relatable celebrities. More than ever, it’s key that students focus on their future and know that, despite the challenges of the past year, they’re all capable of achieving great things. We’re pleased to see schools featuring people who have overcome adversity or achieved something against all odds. This is motivational for students (and staff!) and will inspire them to keep trying, work hard and reach for their goals.

Boarding house wall art

Recently, we wrote an article for Independent Education Today about the impact of boarding house wall art. This is certainly a growing trend for independent schools who want to create a ‘home from home’ for their boarding students. And it’s our very personalised designs that seem to be most popular. For example, we created wall art for Summer Fields School in Oxford using witty newspaper headlines that were written by students and staff at the school. It doesn’t get more personal than that! Custom wall art for boarding houses is a trend that we expect will grow over the next year. But these personalised designs work well in any learning or living environment. They could also be used in halls of residence for university students, residential care homes and even young offenders institutions (we’re working with one at the moment). [caption id="attachment_35922" align="alignnone" width="790"] Dinnington Community Primary School[/caption]  

Library wall art

Finally, after the success of the Life-changing Libraries project, we’ve seen an increased demand for library wall art. We designed and donated bespoke wall art for each of the six new libraries as part of the project. And we worked closely with BookTrust and Cressida Cowell to bring these to life, inspired by Cressida’s popular How to Train Your Dragon books. Many schools have since got in touch to request library wall art for their schools. We know that children who read for pleasure are healthier, happier and perform better at school, so we’re very excited that this trend seems to be growing stronger!
Promote Your School is an education design agency based in the heart of London. We have over 20 years’ experience in education and have worked with hundreds of schools to transform their learning environments. Get in touch to find out more about wall art for your school or college. [post_title] => Unique wall art trends in 2021 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => unique-wall-art-trends-in-2021 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-08-23 12:14:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-08-23 11:14:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://ie-today.co.uk/?p=35906 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 35424 [post_author] => 56 [post_date] => 2021-07-27 12:01:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-07-27 11:01:02 [post_content] => Boarding house wall art can transform your pupils’ living space. From your furniture to your walls, there’s a lot you can do to create a warm and welcoming space for boarders to enjoy. It’s important to create a unique space that pupils want to spend time in. For many parents, the boarding environment is the most critical factor in making their decision about which school to choose.  If you’re an independent school looking for practical ways to enrich your visual environment, inspire learning and delight pupils, read on...

A sense of belonging

Recently we spoke at an IE webinar about how to create a sense of belonging for students and improve wellbeing. Specifically, we talked about how to use wall art to:
  • Promote the ethos and values of your school
  • Boost attainment through designs that complement your curriculum
  • Enhance your learning environment
  • Improve wellbeing through nature themes
  • Create a sense of belonging and community for students and staff
  • Create a backdrop for marketing, recruitment and virtual open day videos
  While many of these principles apply to your day students, it’s equally (if not more) important to do the same for your boarders. This is because making the transition to boarding can be daunting for children (and their parents), so it’s important to create a home-from-home environment for them. Creating a safe and welcoming space is also important for pupils’ health and happiness; it can affect their learning outcomes too, as we know that happier children learn better. With this in mind, it’s helpful to involve students in the design process. Find out what matters to them and the type of imagery and messages that they would want to see on their boarding house walls.

Showcase what makes your school great

We’re delighted that our boarding house wall art contributed towards Summer Fields School getting Highly Commended at the BSA Awards 2021 in the Boarding House Extension or Refurbishment category. And, when you check out photos of their stunning boarding houses, it’s easy to see why! Through a mix of inspiring wall art, furniture and themed designs, their boarding house is an engaging and enchanting space for students to enjoy. [caption id="attachment_35427" align="alignnone" width="790"] Students and staff at Summer Fields contributed to the design, writing their own newspaper headlines[/caption]   Summer Fields has taken a phased approach to their wall art, with a Harry Potter theme for their younger students. To make the space truly unique, students and staff wrote witty newspaper headlines, which we included within the designs. Now students have a totally personalised and unique space to call home, with a good dose of humour thrown into the mix. More recently, we created bespoke designs with a sports theme for older years at Summer Fields. The designs include motivational quotes, inspiring images and a positive image of sports and fitness. The beauty of bespoke wall art is that we can tailor the designs to your school and pupils based on their education stage and your school objectives.  [caption id="attachment_35428" align="alignnone" width="790"] Promote Your School went with a sports theme for older students at Summer Fields[/caption]  
At Promote Your School, we design bespoke wall art for all types of learning environments and schools. Recently, we’ve seen an increase in demand for boarding house wall art. With over 20 years’ experience in education, we know the power of creating stimulating learning environments for pupils. Get in touch to find out more about our bespoke wall art for schools. We are based in the UK, but we work with schools all over the world. E: info@promoteyourschool.co.uk T: 020 7404 3400 W: www.promoteyourschool.co.uk [post_title] => Wall art ideas for your boarding houses [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => wall-art-ideas-for-your-boarding-houses [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-08-23 11:47:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-08-23 10:47:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://ie-today.co.uk/?p=35424 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 24592 [post_author] => 56 [post_date] => 2020-04-22 00:00:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-04-21 23:00:05 [post_content] => Self-isolation wellbeing is more important than ever in light of the government’s decision to close schools, except to vulnerable pupils and those whose parents are key workers, for the foreseeable future. If you’re currently self-isolating due to the coronavirus outbreak, as a teacher, parent or student, it’s important to keep calm and remain positive. However, this can be a challenge when you’re stuck indoors every day! Research has shown that spending time in nature can improve mental health and wellbeing but how can you enjoy the outdoors when you’re cooped up at home? Simple – bring nature to you!

How can nature improve our wellbeing?

According to the charity Mind: “Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers and exercising outdoors can have lots of positive effects. These include reducing stress, helping you feel more relaxed and improving your mood and physical health.” This approach sounds good in theory but it’s more challenging if you don’t have a garden or are unable to leave the house due to self-isolation. Although, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to enjoy the benefits of nature from within your home.

Putting the theory into practice

At Promote Your School, we’ve seen first-hand the effects of incorporating nature themes into your indoor environment. Recently, we worked with RCZM Architects and Putney High School to support an innovative research project they undertook. The idea was to introduce plants and a nature-themed wall art mural (in collaboration with Matthew Cattell Photography) into the classroom to see if this could improve wellbeing in pupils. One classroom was left unchanged, whilst the other was transformed with a nature theme. The outcomes of this study can provide us with some interesting takeaways for self-isolation.

Bring the outdoors indoors

1. Invest in air purifying house plants Putney High School saw a 10% increase in air quality after introducing plants into the classroom. This is because many plants actually detoxify the air we breathe. A key tip to self-isolation wellbeing is investing in some lovely green houseplants that will not only improve your mood, but will make you physically healthier too! Certain plants are easier to take care of than others. So, if you’re looking for something low maintenance, stick to succulents like aloe vera for all the benefits with none of the hassle. 2. Open the windows Opening the windows is a great tip for self-isolation wellbeing and is a great way to bring nature into your home. There is no artificial substitute for fresh air! Open the windows, breathe in and take the time to appreciate the sounds, sights and smells of the outdoors coming in. Benefits of fresh air include improving digestion and lowering blood pressure, to cleaning your lungs and strengthening your immune system. 3. Bring nature to your walls A key aspect of self-isolation wellbeing is your visual environment. Bringing nature to your walls can have a positive impact on your mental health. Consider printing out pictures of trees, animals and greenery and placing them on the walls of your home. Ninety-six per cent of students at Putney High School expressed positive attitudes towards the new design of the classroom. Seventy-eight per cent of pupils expressed that they actually ‘felt healthier’. Teachers say they love teaching in the nature-themed classrooms too. With such great results, it’s clear that incorporating nature into your indoor environment can have an overwhelmingly positive effect.
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Research on the effects of learning environments on pupils show that school buildings lay the foundations for pupils’ learning and for their experience in school (DfES 2003).

The impact of bespoke wall art

How well school buildings are designed and maintained, and the learning environments within them, have a strong impact on pupils’ and teachers’ wellbeing and happiness.

Promote Your School use their bespoke Wall Art to stimulate a learning environment in schools, nurseries, colleges and universities to engage students, encourage children’s natural curiosity and inspire pupils and staff.

Improving learning outcomes

Inspiring environments improve learning outcomes. A school environment can enrich the curriculum and opportunities that you provide your students with.

Subject-zoned corridor, stairwell and sports hall wraps can tune students’ minds into the lessons ahead and encourage them to approach each session with the attitude towards their learning that you are looking for. They can also help with wayfinding as students navigate the building and help children who need that additional preparation time to enter lessons ready to learn.

“Wall Art creates opportunities for learning by using visual resources to encourage engagement in subject knowledge, aid understanding and create awe and wonder moments for the students,” says Wall Art’s co-founder Chris Harris.

“Themed areas can widen children’s understanding of the world around them and effectively raise pupils’ ambitions through carefully chosen, aspirational wording and images.”

The aesthetic features of a school can foster a strong sense of belonging that, in turn, can generate an enthusiasm for learning (Jarman et al., 2004).

“Communal areas such as your hall, with Wall Art about values, mottos and houses, for example, can create a feeling of unity, teamwork and collaboration which brings the school community together in a positive way,” says Harris.

Themed areas can widen children’s understanding of the world around them and effectively raise pupils’ ambitions through carefully chosen, aspirational wording and images

Improving wellbeing

Wall Art also has a positive impact on pupil and staff wellbeing. Philipp et al. (1999a) found that environments with high aesthetic quality provide pleasurable places to be for contemplation, personal reflection, enjoyment, relaxation and replenishing the soul.

“They also help to encourage a healthy personal outlook,” explains Harris’ co-founder Lisa Savage, “while improving the surrounding environment which will benefit the mental wellbeing of students and staff alike.”

Calming break-out zones such as canteens and breaktime areas can provide a space to release the tensions and relax between lessons, energising students to engage positively with their next session.

Promoting your school and engaging visitors

Wall Art on your school’s exterior walls and fencing gives a window into life at your school – it also makes your school an inviting place to visit. We all know first impressions and the way you present yourselves count.

Well-designed welcome walls in your reception area will give a friendly first impression and make your visitors feel comfortable and at ease.

A school environment has the power to calm and relax, intrigue and excite – the possibilities of Wall Art are huge.


For more information on Wall Art from Promote Your School or to get a free site visit and consultation, please visit www.wallart.school

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We’re particularly proud that the dormitory wall art contributed to Summer Fields was Highly Commended at the BSA Awards in 2021. Find out how we worked with this wonderful school to transform their boarding house.

Dormitory wall art

What makes this design so unique? Well, for a start it includes articles written by the pupils and teachers at Summer Fields School! The newspaper articles perfectly complement the Harry Potter themed designs. The overall effect is a feeling of home-from-home for students. Summer Fields Dorms

Immersive design

Wall art is a truly immersive medium that can transform your school’s visual environment. Because our designs are bespoke, we can create absolutely anything you can imagine. This Harry Potter theme is one of our favourite projects. We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the school about its impact on pupils.

More about wall art

Dormitory wall art is just one example of the kind of projects we complete for schools. In fact, we tailor all designs to the school’s unique preferences. For some schools, the focus is on learning, so they might want their designs to reflect their curriculum. For other schools, there may be a focus on a particular school subject or a mix of subjects. Sometimes schools want to showcase their school values or motto. Whatever you have in mind, we can bring it to life!
If you’d like to find out about wall art for your school, get in touch We can show you more examples of our work, or even put you in touch with other schools we’ve worked with so you can get first-hand feedback Promote Your School is a design agency that specialises in education and we’ve over 20 years’ experience. We’re well placed to guide you through our design process and ensure you get the result you want [post_title] => Case study: Summer Fields dormitory wall art [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => case-study-summer-fields-dormitory-wall-art [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-12-20 16:21:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-12-20 16:21:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://ie-today.co.uk/?p=38305 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 11 [max_num_pages] => 0 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => 1 [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_favicon] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 241426bee03fb704d764819004536e9a [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) )
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Promote Your School is an education design agency that specialises in creating Wall Art for schools. Bespoke, zero maintenance Wall Art can transform old buildings, add personality to new builds, revamp outdoor spaces and turn thoroughfares into learning opportunities.

Our in-house design team is based in the UK, but we manage projects for schools around the world.

With over 20 years’ experience in education, we understand the unique challenges faced by teachers and leaders in education. So, we’re well placed to advise and guide you through the process of using Wall Art to achieve your goals and ambitions as a school.

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