East Leeds: Pupils paint their way to school

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Talented Young artists have made their mark on a footpath that leads to their school.

Dozens of pupils from Brigshaw High School in Allerton Bywater helped paint a colourful mural on the walls of the Lines Way bridge.

The footpath, which had been vandalised with graffiti, is an old railway track that was converted to connect Allerton Bywater and Kippax to the school.

The project was organised by travel charity Sustrans, Leeds City Council and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Sustrans school officer Molly Hopkinshaw said she hoped the new mural would lead to more youngsters using the route to walk or cycle to school.

She said: “It’s really important to think outside the box when trying to overcome the barriers to children walking and cycling to school, and I think that helping them to feel more ownership over a space which previously they found intimidating or uninspiring is part of this.

“I am excited to see how this project will change the pupil’s perceptions of the route, and hope that it will encourage them to cycle or walk to school more often.”

A total of 30 year eight pupils from the Brigshaw Lane school took part in the project.

They studied street art in lessons and came up with a design which was created by mural artist Nick Halahan, of OlasArt.

Mr Halahan also worked with the youngsters to help paint the artwork.

Art teacher Sarah Chadwick said: “The children have been studying graffiti art in lessons, so this was a fantastic opportunity to give them a chance to really have a go, at the same time as contributing something positive for the community.”

The finished mural aims to combine the area’s railway heritage with its new cycling initiative.