Oakdales ‘Art Attack’
Wednesday 11th October 2017 16:11 Dukinfield Education News Posted by Lee Wild

A special needs school in Dukinfield has joined forces with a hair salon to produce a piece of artwork that is on display in the salons front window.

Oakdale pupils have produced a stunning piece of artwork that is proudly displayed at the Just Hair salon in Mottram.

Salon owner Joanne Miles said: “It’s brilliant. They’ve done a really good job. I think the window looks really good and I’m really pleased with it.”

One of the pupils who helped with the display is seven-year-old Taylor Sweeney and his mum Nicky, who works at the school, said: “I’m so chuffed and so is the school. 

Oakdale pupils work on display

“The school couldn’t believe it when I said Joanne was wondering whether they would like to help with the display.”

Autism affects around 700,000 people in the UK and this display coupled with the school’s link to the Arts Award will hopefully raise awareness. 

Linda Lester, head teacher at Oakdale, said: “We are thrilled that there is a display of children’s art work at Just Hair as this has allowed us to celebrate the creativity, pleasure and enjoyment that has resulted in such interesting and beautiful pieces of art work .

“And thanks to Just Hair we have been able to show the local community how much our children are able to achieve.”

The school is also working towards their Arts Award and so creating the display has come at a great time: “Oakdale is a primary school for children with severe and complex needs and we have participated in the Arts Award for a number of years now” explained Ms Lester. 

“Involvement in the Art Awards has given children greater opportunities to create and participate in a wide range of art forms , learn new skills and then share what they have achieved with others”.

Art is a wonderful way for pupils to demonstrate and thanks to Just Hair these talented pupils have been given the perfect opportunity to showcase those talents.