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Norwich: Learning disabled teens win in competition

PUBLISHED: 15:32 11 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:23 01 July 2010

Sam Emanuel

Young people with learning difficulties have shown their creativity at a visual arts competition, beating dozens of pupils from other schools to win prizes for their work.

Young people with learning difficulties have shown their creativity at a visual arts competition, beating dozens of pupils from other schools to win prizes for their work.

The teenagers from Harford Manor School on Ipswich Road, Norwich, took part in the Art House Under One Roof competition and won three of the 10 categories in the event, which was designed to showcase the artwork of schoolchildren across the city.

It involved pupils from host school the Hewett, as well as children from Angel Road Junior School, The Avenues Junior School, Bignold Primary School, Cavell Primary School, Lakenham Primary School and Tuckswood Primary School.

Adam Kittle, 16, won the prize for best abstract art, and said: “They framed my picture - it looked great. I won a prize.”

Jake Ready, age 15, who won best drawing for his picture, which was called Football Crazy, said: “Football, drawing - yes, it looks great!”

Another pupil, Christopher Henry, 16, also won a certificate for his picture of 61 penguins, which was judged to be one of the two best overall pieces of artwork.

Paul Eteson, head teacher at Harford Manor School, said: “I am delighted our students have had success with their artwork. The opportunity for our school to work with the Hewett Cluster and other primary schools is of great importance and opens up lots of different opportunities for our students.

“We were also able to take part in a clay workshop in conjunction with this Under One Roof art competition, which all the students thoroughly enjoyed.

“Many thanks to Yvonne Burdett, external education officer from the Hewett, for all her hard work in the organisation of the competition and for having our work framed for the students.”

Jacob Bowles, 15, was one of the young people from Harford Manor who took part in the event. He said: “I liked the clay workshop, I like going to the Hewett for photography. I was good to see my picture in an exhibition.”

Has your school got some news to report? Call Sam Emanuel on 01603 772438 or email sam.emanuel@archant.co.uk

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