Langley schools create a field of poppies for fallen soldiers

Some of the clay poppies made by students and staff at Langley School.

Some of the clay poppies made by students and staff at Langley School. - Credit: Archant

Pupils and staff at two Norfolk schools have created their own tribute to those who gave their lives during the two world wars and other conflicts.

In the style of Paul Cummins, ceramic artist and creator of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red memorial at the Tower of London, Langley Senior School and Thorpe House Langley Prep School have created their own dramatic and commemorative pieces of artwork.

Over the past few weeks, more than 1,000 pupils, teachers and staff have got involved, individually designing and creating their own ceramic poppy.

Prep School art teacher Siobhan Ridley, who came up with the idea, said: “It has been a huge but enjoyable task and not only have the students enjoyed making the clay poppies but have taken on board the significance of their artwork in the run-up to Remembrance Day.”

John Ogden, head of art at the senior school said: “This project has provided an opportunity for all members of the school to reflect on the act of remembrance as we draw close to November the 11th. The variety within the poppies, despite following a common starting point, echo the individual personalities of all those who made them.”

On Sunday morning the senior schools’ Combined Cadet Force will be holding a service at the school’s church, and a small service will also take place At Thorpe House Langley Prep School on Remembrance Day itself when the last poppy will be planted by the headmaster at 11am.