Hallaton school captures 150 years of history

Lady Margaret Kennedy president, Ingrid Hunter ceramic artist, Pamela Quinn chairman of Rutland Decorative and Fine Art Society unveil the Hallaton C of E Primary school 150th anniversary mosaic. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Lady Margaret Kennedy president, Ingrid Hunter ceramic artist, Pamela Quinn chairman of Rutland Decorative and Fine Art Society unveil the Hallaton C of E Primary school 150th anniversary mosaic. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

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It’s story-tiling time at a Harborough district school celebrating more than 150 years of education.

Hallaton C of E Primary School, founded in 1864, has just officially unveiled a large tiled artwork to celebrate its anniversary.

The work on an exterior wall features a representation of the village, surrounded by small individual tiles done by each family at the school.

It was devised by local ceramic artist Ingrid Hunter and funded by the Rutland branch of the National Decorative and Fine Art Society

The work – some three metres wide and 1.5 metres wide – has taken 15 months to be completed.

“We were approached by the Rutland art group more than a year ago and asked if we would like to do a school mosaic” explained the school’s head teacher Diane Riley.

“We’ve got 124 pupils at the school, and each school family contributed a small tile, with a picture they felt represented their family.

“Then two of our parents drew the centre portion.”

The artist who oversaw the work, Ingrid Hunter, said she was “absolutely delighted” with the finished result.

“Hopefully it will still be there in another 150 years, and the children’s children’s children will be able to see it and enjoy it,” she said.

Pamela Quinn of the Rutland branch of the National Decorative and Fine Art Societies said: “The panel is an amazing achievement.”

The society funded the project to the tune of about £1,200.

Hallaton’s village school still occupies the original 1864 building, with the addition of the former school house, the old Rectory next door and a modern school hall.

The school’s 124 pupils are drawn from Hallaton and nearby villages as well as towns like Market Harborough and Uppingham.

The school has recovered strongly from a low of just 19 children in the 1980s.