PUPILS arriving at Stithians Primary School get more than a helping hand when they arrive for class, thanks to a joint art project to transform the primary's entrance.

Pupil councillors at the school had the idea of creating a welcoming, child inspired, front entrance to Stithians School by getting every child to make an imprint of their hands using clay.

The school got together with Redruth Secondary School to undertake the joint project.

The three junior classes were transported to Redruth School to take part in a workshop to make and decorate their own clay hands. The three infant classes produced their handprints at school – led by the Redruth Art department.

In the second session the ornaments were painted, glazed and fired - they are now installed at the front of Stithians school, each child represented as a leaf on one of the trees.

A spokesperson for the school said: "Many thanks to Redruth Secondary School (especially the art department) for making it possible - Sylwia Podlaska, art and design technician and Laura McTeare, assistant head teacher/Transition.

"It is a great example of primary and secondary schools working closely together to support future transition."