Mural at Birkenhead High School AcademyPupils at a Merseyside school have made this colourful new mosaic to brighten up the outside of their technology block, in a project funded by the Ernest Cook Trust.

A group of year 9 girls at Birkenhead High School Academy spent six months making the intricate artwork, which celebrates architecture and landmark buildings around Wirral and Liverpool.

The project received a £1,300 grant from ECT – in turn, the pupils said ‘thank you’ by depicting the Trust’s founder Ernest Cook in the piece.  

The mosaic consists of over 20,000 tiles, each individually made and painstakingly stuck down, overseen by experienced tiler and school DT Technician Barry Langton. It will be mounted outside next to the school’s main entrance. 

“This project has been a true labour of love,” said Daniel Wakefield, the school’s Head of Technology. “A big thank you goes out to Mr Langton for sharing his skills and knowledge as a professional tiler and mosaic maker and helping the girls create Birkenhead High School Academy muralthis wonderful piece.”

ECT’s Chief Executive Nicholas Ford said: “This is a fantastic project and a very moving tribute to our founder Ernest Cook. Aside from his passions for the countryside and the arts, Mr Cook was also a great connoisseur of architecture so his depiction in this mosaic is very fitting.”