Derby School artwork will be a key part of the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant in London

Pupils at a primary school in Derby will watch the live broadcast of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London very carefully on Sunday to see if they can spot the flag they helped design. The children of Landau Forte Academy Moorhead were delighted after learning their artwork will form a key part of the three-hour parade along the mall from 2.30pm.

Their art was chosen to be part of the River of Hope – a procession of 200 flags flowing like a river along the long avenue that leads to Buckingham Palace. The River of Hope is an arts-based learning project connecting schools around the world through the study of rivers.

If chosen, Derby students will become part of an international coalition of children, with submissions coming from as far away as Germany, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, India and Ghana. Alvaston School submitted three designs in total, with the winning entry coming from some of the youngest pupils in the Early Years Department.



This is the Landau Forte stamp-like flag featuring the theme of water

Entries were judged by naturalist Sir David Attenborough and footballer Marcus Rashford, who agreed that Moorhead’s artwork should be included in the competition. The winning artworks were printed on silk flags and will be carried by students, as part of the larger celebrations. After the contest, a selection of the flags will be on display at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

To produce the Landau Forte flag, students worked with their teachers and artist-in-residence Theresa Kate Hempsall to create imaginative artwork. For these, they used natural or recycled materials while reflecting on their hopes and aspirations for the next 70 years. They say they were inspired by learning how the Queen has always shown immense love and respect for the natural world around her.

Principal Ruth McNeil said, “I’m so proud of our winning entry and all of our students for their absolutely amazing artwork! The children took this task very seriously and worked so hard to produce fantastic entries that really underscored the importance of treating the natural world around us with respect. They are all very happy to watch the competition and see their works exhibited to the world.

The Pageant is a parade that tells the story of the Queen’s reign and how society has changed over the past seven decades, divided into four parts: For Queen and Country, a military pageant; The Time of Our Lives, a look back at the past 70 years through dance, fashion and vehicles; Let’s Celebrate, which includes the Landau Forte flag and community spirit and the finale which is Happy and Glorious, when everyone gathers around the Queen Victoria Memorial and sings the national anthem with Ed Sheeran.



The school recently celebrated their best Ofsted report for many years

Sarah Findlay-Cobb, chief executive of Landau Forte Charitable Trust, of which the primary school is a part, said: “Congratulations to the pupils who have made us proud once again by having their works chosen as a key part of the Jubilee celebrations.

“They were up against entries from all over the world and really showed their creative skills and artistic talents to be chosen. I hope they enjoy seeing their work exhibited in the competition and feel incredibly proud of everything. what they accomplished.”