A MURAL honouring key worker heroes has been unveiled by school students.

The artwork was created by Royal Wootton Bassett Academy pupils who couldn’t be at home during the first national lockdown because their parents were working through the pandemic.

Staff worked with the children to create the mural to recognise their hard work. It was decided that the students would design and then create a mural that would reflect different aspects of life under lockdown, so the school would have a permanent reminder of how life changed during that time.

Art and design teacher Alice Falvey said the mural reflects some of the struggles people in the community faced – but also a lot of the positives too.

She said: “The students designed the entire thing, and then I worked with two of them at a time, socially distancing, to bring it to life.

“I live alone, so this felt like my sanctuary. The students included Captain Sir Tom Moore, an image of a family, a reference to Black Lives Matter, a child holding a rainbow sign, a nurse and an elderly lady to mark those who were lost to coronavirus. They also included wild flowers, to represent how we need to look after our environment.

“The mural is now up and proud in The Street area of the school.”