Academy students recreate memories for local care home residents with stunning wall art


A group of creative Year 11 students from University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) have been pooling their talents to brighten the days of residents from a local care home.

Maple Tree Court provides residential and dementia care for up to 64 older people in the Stoke-on-Trent area and is located near the Academy in Kidsgrove. The care home opened in 2015 with impressive facilities including a tea room, activities room and a number of cosy, quiet lounges. Residents requested the help of Academy students to brighten up some of the walls and they duly obliged, creating some eye catching wall art.

Mrs S Bailey, Art Teacher at UAK, tasked students with creating a range of designs which were then shared with the residents. Each of the designs was based around the theme of ‘memories’ and the chosen designs included a Spitfire, bottle kilns, a beach and Mow Cop. Once the residents had selected their favourite pieces, it was time for the real work to start and, after a series of long evening sessions, the students had transformed the walls into large displays, capturing historical moments from the local area and creating a colourful environment which the residents love.

Felicity A. Somerville, Interim Manager at Maple Tree Court said: “We were fortunate to have some very talented students from the University Academy in Kidsgrove come along and decorate two areas in the care home with wall art. The residents chose the themes for each project. One was the Spitfire as designed by Reginald Mitchell, along with other local places of interest; the other group chose a beach scene. As you can see from the photos, the results are stunning and the residents are delighted and suitably proud of their designs brought to life by such gifted teams.”

Mrs Susan Bailey, Teacher of Art said: “I was very impressed with the students’ motivation and how much enjoyment they got out of the work they did at Maple Tree Court. They chatted with the residents and were keen to make the paintings the best they could be. The paintings took at least 8 hours to complete and the staff and residents were very grateful for the end results. The students involved should be very proud of themselves.”

The Year 11 students from UAK involved in this project were Katie Jones, Erika Jacques, Jessica Mountford, Mason Smith, Eleanor Walton, Rachael Taylor and Laura Knapper, along with their Art teacher Mrs S Bailey.