Image demonstrating Winning schools receive their Tour design jerseys

Winning schools receive their Tour design jerseys

The winners of a competition that saw pupils across the county design Northumberland themed cycling jerseys have seen their stunning designs come to life.

Pupils at Berwick Academy, The Duchess High School in Alnwick and Broomhaugh Church of England First School in Riding Mill have had their designs printed onto a jersey, framed and  presented to their school.

The art competition was run by Northumberland County Council as part of its celebrations to mark the arrival of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race in the region.

A prize fund of £10,000 saw cash prizes for each winning school and £100 for each school that entered. Prize money was presented to the schools to spend on sporting activities and school trips.

Winner of the year 5 to 8 category was Sam Thelfall from The Duchess High School in Alnwick who designed a vibrant red and yellow jersey with a Farne Island puffin on the reverse.

Sam was presented with a printed and framed copy of his design at the school by County Councillor Veronica Jones, cabinet member for adult well-being and health.  She said: “Sam’s winning entry is so colourful and eye catching and it looks amazing as a jersey. I am very impressed by the clever use of such an iconic Northumberland attraction as the Farne Island puffin.”

Winners of the Reception to Year 4 category was Broomhaugh C of E First School in Riding Mill, which featured Hadrian’s Wall under a  starlit sky. The jersey was designed by Year 4 pupil Adam Symes, who said he thought they were two of the best things about living in Northumberland.

Adam was presented with a framed copy of his jersey design by Northumberland County Councillor  Cath Homer, cabinet member for culture, arts, leisure and tourism. She said: “Adam’s design is stunning and really captures the essence of Northumberland, especially the west of the county which is famous for its dark skies and Hadrian’s Wall. It was a stand out entry and looks fabulous printed onto a jersey. ”

Finally, winners of the Year 9 and above category was Berwick Academy.  Students designed a jersey as part of their Year 10 GCSE Art class. Working as a team, their jersey design features the North Northumberland landscape and historical landmarks. 

Over the past year the class has been working on applying art for commercial purposes and used their knowledge and skills in this area to design their jersey.

Northumberland County Council deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services,Wayne Daley, presented the school with their framed jersey. He said: “The level of detail incorporated into this jersey was incredible. There was clearly a lot of thought and hard work put into the design which features so many recognisable local landmarks.

“We received a fantastic response to the competition with entries from children of all ages right across the county. Each and every pupil put in a great amount of effort and it was a tough decision choosing winners. Everyone who entered should be extremely proud of their efforts and I’d like to thank everyone for taking part.”

The North of Tyne Combined Authority is hosting Stage Three of the prestigious OVO Energy Tour of Britain on Monday 9 September which will see the world’s top riders and teams contesting a 114 mile route through the region.

The race will start in Berwick, crossing the Grade 1 listed Berwick Bridge before heading along the Tweed Valley and  down the Northumberland coast before heading into North Tyneside, and culminating in a dramatic finish on Grey Street in Newcastle city centre.

All the latest information on the race can be found at

Full list of winners:

Reception to Year 4

1st Place - Broomhaugh C of E First School, Riding Mill
2nd Place - Wylam First School, Wylam
3rd Place - Amble First School, Amble

Year 5 to Year 8
1st Place - The Duchess’s Community High School, Alnwick
2nd Place (Joint) - Berwick Middle School, Berwick and Meadowdale Academy, Bedlington
3rd Place - Hexham Middle School, Hexham

Year 9 and above
1st Place - Berwick Academy, Berwick
2nd Place - Prudhoe Community High School, Prudhoe
3rd Place (Joint) - James Calvert Spence College, Amble and The Duchess’s Community High School, Amble
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