St Wilfrids Student wins national design competition
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St Wilfrid's student wins design competition

By Rhian Binns, Communications Officer

Abi receiving YPO voucher
(L-R) YPO Area Manager Toyosi Adeloye celebrates budding artist Abi Reed receiving her winning £500 YPO voucher alongside St Wilfred’s Church of England Schooldeputy headteacher, Vicki Strange and fellow school pupils.

Budding young artist Abi Reed, age nine, from St Wilfrid’s Church of England School in Burgess Hill has been named the key stage two winner of a national classroom design competition, organised by YPO, the UK’s largest public sector buying organisation.

Her winning entry was selected by members of YPO’s furniture design team as they enjoyed Abi’s fun idea of a water slide into the classroom and a nature themed work area to bring the outdoors into the classroom.

The competition, to encourage young artists to showcase their best classroom design, was open to primary school children across the UK.  YPO has been designing and transforming spaces in schools and classrooms for decades and were keen to see what pupils dream classroom would look like.
The winning design needed to be creative, fun and inspiring, showing that the possibilities are endless, and no classroom rules applied, every child’s dream.

“We saw entries from children that showed the use of hot tubs in the classroom, bouncy castles, classroom puppies, chocolate fountains, princess and pirate portals and much more. The entries were fantastic and showed the imagination of children in full swing,” said Toyosi Adeloye, Area Sales Manager at YPO.

The competition was shortlisted into two categories, key stage one students age 4-7, and key stage two students age 7-11. Key stage two winner Abi, and key stage one winner, Eva Fry-Morales from Mawsley Community Primary School in Kettering, both received a £500 YPO voucher for their respective schools.