Bethany’™s royal seal of approval

Her Majesty congratulates Bethany School’™s Anna Burnham for her portrait of the Queen created using 4,600 stamps

Bethany School’s Art Department is enjoying considerable success at present.

Following successive annual exhibitions at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, which featured painting and photography produced by GCSE and ‘A’ level pupils Joe and Ciara Reddy, the Queen was sufficiently impressed with a portrait of herself created with stamps to send a letter of congratulations to the Year 13 ‘A’ Level artist Anna Burnham who produced it.

More recently Piers Muiry, also studying ‘A’ level, had a portrait of his grandfather accepted by the highly prestigious Royal Academy Summer Online exhibition for schools, one of only 36 to make the final exhibition from a countrywide entry of 1,280 pieces.

Head of art, Peter Norgrove, said: “While it is clearly a bonus for the individuals concerned to have their work set before a wider audience, more importantly it underlines the creativity and enthusiasm of our pupils and helps to inspire the younger artists coming up through the school.”

Headmaster Francie Healy added: “I am immensely proud of both Anna and Piers who are both exceptional artists and incredibly nice people. Their talents are only matched by their humility and they are terrific role models in our caring community.”


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