Kids get royally inspired to mark the Coronation

A six-year-old from an Islington school was among the winners in a competition to create Coronation-inspired artwork.

Chloe Metcalf, a year two pupil at City of London Primary Academy Islington, won in the key stage 1 category of a City of London Corporation contest open to children from its family of schools.

The cardboard crown she created was displayed alongside other winning artworks at an event at Guildhall – the City Corporation’s headquarters – to which all winners, their teachers and families were invited.

City of London Corporation Policy Chairman Chris Hayward said:

“The competition was a chance for pupils in our family of schools to feel involved in the national celebration of our new King and to draw inspiration from the pageantry and history of the monarchy.

“We were really impressed by the quality and diversity of entries submitted and were delighted to welcome the winners, their teachers and families to Guildhall to celebrate their creativity and flair.”

Competition winner Chloe Metcalf said:

“We had been learning about the Coronation in class and at home, so I had lots of great ideas to inspire me.

“Even though it was rainy, it was great to see the Red Arrows fly over on the day. I really enjoyed making my artwork and am very happy and proud to win first prize.”

Winning in the key stage 2 category was City Junior School pupil Ming Yi for her artwork depicting themes of art, music, horticulture and nature close to the King's heart.

Laya Patel, also of City Junior School, was runner-up in the same category for her rendering of the Coronation emblem, while City of London School student Sebastian Weetch won in the key stage three category for his digital creation depicting Buckingham Palace.

The City of London Primary Academy Islington is part of the City of London Academies Trust, which runs 10 City Corporation-sponsored schools across Hackney, Islington, Newham, and Southwark.

The City Corporation has been named twice by social mobility charity, Sutton Trust, as the UK’s best academy sponsor for empowering pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average.

Picture captions

- Competition winner Chloe Metcalf with Lady Mayoress of the City of London Felicity Lyons (left) and Sheriff Andrew Marsden

- Chloe’s winning Coronation crown

Notes to Editors

The City of London Corporation’s Family of Schools are:

City of London Academies Trust:

City of London Academy (Southwark)

Redriff Primary, City of London Academy

Galleywall Primary, City of London Academy

City of London Academy, Islington

The City Academy, Hackney

City of London Primary Academy Islington

City of London Academy Highgate Hill

City of London Academy Highbury Grove

City of London Academy Shoreditch Park

Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre City of London Academy

Local Authority maintained school:

The Aldgate School


City of London School

City of London School for Girls

City of London Freemen’s School

City Junior School

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally successful UK – www.cityoflondon.gov.uk


Tim Fletcher | Media officer – public services

City of London Corporation

07738 862229 | tim.fletcher@cityoflondon.gov.uk