Portland Place School in central London has celebrated its silver anniversary this year with activities including an art installation

Portland Place School has celebrated 25 years with the installation of a mural created by students with artist Tom Berry – unveiled as part of a Celebration Day in late June. The school was founded in 1996 by the head of science at St Paul’s Girls School, Richard Walker. At its creation in 1996 this was the first independent co-educational school to open in central London for more than a century. Two years ago, Portland Place Hybrid School was opened, offering blended learning online and onsite, and with a thriving cohort.

For the four-metre-high mural that marked the 25th anniversary, students collaborated with artist Tom Berry over the Easter term to create a design using screen-printing, site drawings, lino printing, and cyanotypes to record and visualise school values, local landmarks and other elements relevant to the students and school community. The mural was installed in the school’s newly refurbished Art, Science and Drama building and was unveiled as part of its Celebration Day and end of year art exhibition.

“We are delighted to be celebrating 25 years,” says school Head David Bradbury. As a school that has been described by the Good Schools Guide as a ‘haven of creativity’ , this incredible mural therefore seems a fitting tribute that will capture the spirit of our school community”,

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