Student’s flag flies high above Parliament Square

Year six pupil, Josh, whose flag design has been chosen for parliament competition.

Year six pupil, Josh, whose flag design has been chosen for parliament competition. - Credit: Archant

A flag designed by a St John the Evangelist Primary School student has been flying high above Parliament Square in London.

The flag is one of 80 that have been created by primary school children from across the country to be chosen, in a project started by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport which aims to teach youngsters about elected representation in Parliament.

Pupils from the age of seven years old at the Clevedon school came up with nearly 200 designs before the winner was announced as Josh, a year six student.

Josh, whose design included the colours of the Union Flag and shapes representing sunsets and the countryside in North Somerset, said: “This was an awesome project and I’m really proud to have my flag flying in London.

“I love working on art at school but this is my biggest achievement yet.”

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Jonathan Parsons, a flag artist who was the creative lead on the project, added: “I am thrilled to have been involved with a project where children from across the country have been able to learn about their democratic heritage through creative work and secure such a prominent platform for their visual achievements here in Parliament Square.

“As an artist, I know that having your creative work validated is very empowering, so I hope that through this ultimate show and tell every participant feels this project has given them a degree of influence – something that many children do not possess.”

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This year’s flags project also aimed to forge stronger relationships between MPs, Parliament, schools and young people from around the country.

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