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Dacre Braithwaite Primary School

Dacre Braithwaite Primary School, Harrogate

Dacre Braithwaite’s design was created by their Coronation Art Club, formed by students in Years 2-6. The children were inspired by King Charles’ first Christmas speech – “It is a belief in the extraordinary ability of each person...to shine a light in the world around them” – and chose a sun to represent this. The sun’s rays beam down over the four UK nations, highlighting the values supported by the King: championing young people; supporting the Commonwealth; environmental conservation and sustainable farming. The bee is the school’s symbol and the children chose a crown to represent the King. The school’s values decorate the sides of the bench with bees and crowns.

This bench was brought to life in collaboration with artist Jenny Leonard – a community-driven commission artist, specialising in murals and art trails.

the winning design

This was a clever idea where the children had mapped their values on to the King’s speech, making connections to themselves. We loved the illustrations which told us stories about their view of the world.

Tower of London Schools Coronation Competition Judges

the bench at the tower

Coronation Benches at the Tower of London for the Tower of London Schools Coronation Competition
Coronation Benches at the Tower of London
Coronation Benches at the Tower of London

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