Rene and his winning design

A huge well done to Rene, pupil at our Sybil Elgar School in West London, for winning a Transport for London (TFL) competition to have artwork made into train and station posters.

The competition is part of TfL's launch campaign for London's new railway, the Elizabeth Line. They invited students from local schools, colleges and universities to design posters that show the benefits of travelling to Heathrow Airport by train. 

Rene's design was one of five winners chosen from 110 entries. 

TfL presented Rene with the posters of his artwork at a photo session at Paddington station on Friday 8 June. 

Rene, who is 15 and from Ealing, said, "That was good and I am happy".

Rene was encouraged to enter the competition by Beata, Art and Design teacher at our Sybil Elgar School in Ealing, West London. 

Beata said, "The challenge set by the judges was that the pictures entered into the competition were not allowed to be of trains, tracks or a ticket. Students had to use their imagination".

Sybil Elgar was the first autism specific school in the UK and recently marked its 50th birthday. Today the independent school caters for up to 85 children and young people on the autism spectrum between the ages of 4 and 22. It is rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. 

Chloe Phillips, Principal of Sybil Elgar School, said, "We are all very proud of Rene, and of Beata, our wonderful art teacher. They are excellent ambassadors for our school and the wider charity.

“There’s a huge amount of creativity among our pupils, and in the wider autism community. And not just in art but in music, poetry, drama and so much more. 

“We place a huge emphasis on celebrating and nurturing these skills and interests, as we prepare our pupils for adulthood. It’s wonderful seeing students like Rene grow and flourish.” 

You can find out more about the competition, its winners and the Elizabeth Line on the TfL website.