Harpenden High Beeches Primary create thousands of Antony Gormley inspired figures

High Beeches pupils L-R Sophie, Joe, Ben and Daisy with the Gorm School

High Beeches pupils L-R Sophie, Joe, Ben and Daisy with the Gorm School - Credit: Archant

A sea of miniature sculptures has graced the grounds of a primary school after pupils made more than 3,000 of them.

Parents come to look at the Gorm School art exhibition at High Beeches school

Parents come to look at the Gorm School art exhibition at High Beeches school - Credit: Archant

Children at High Beeches primary school in Harpenden spent their first term at school moulding miniature characters, dubbed ‘Gorms’, after their Year 3 class took on a project about sculptor Antony Gormley.

The pupils were taught about artist, who designed the Angel of the North, and subsequently made thousands of small ‘Gorms’ which have two eyes, but no arms, legs, or other features.

They were inspired after reading a book that described the work of the sculptor and his project ‘field’, creating their own ‘field’ of small characters in their classroom and calling it ‘Gorm School’.

The rest of the class’s curriculum has also been influenced by the project, with children writing poetry, stories, and solving mathematical problems which relate to the work.


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The project spread throughout the rest of the school and community, with children from all years and local clubs playing their part in creating the creatures.

Peter Edney, Year 3 teacher “It is great to have a child-led topic that has fired the children’s imaginations and creativity”.

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Stephanie Nye, deputy headteacher, added: “The Gorm School, as the installation was known, has become a real talking point in school. It was so lovely to involve the wider community, including the Brownies, and we are very proud of the learning achieved by the Year 3 children.”

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