Laleham Lea

A Catholic Independent Primary School for boys and girls aged 3 to 11

29 Peaks Hill, Purley, Surrey, CR8 3JJ


We are fortunate enough to have our own Art room where Pupils are encouraged to be creative and explore numerous artistic mediums and techniques.

From Year 1 Pupils enjoy a specialist Art lesson, learning from various artists and taking inspiration from different cultures through history which is often linked to classroom topic work.

Themes are interpreted in many different formats and lessons focus on developing techniques, drawing skills and creativity.

Pupils are encouraged to develop their skills and to enter their work into both internal and external art competitions and exhibitions. The standard of entries is always very high with children using their imagination and creativity to interpret the given theme.

Year 4 Students have been looking at the works of artist Oenone Hammersley to inspire their own artwork linked to their current Geography topic of ‘The Tropical Rain Forest’. Students were also tasked with creating their own model Rain Forest as part of their summer holiday homework.


















Pupils from all age groups designed and created our School Mosaic which is on display outside the main School entrance. The project was kindly funded by the Art Society – Croydon branch.





Our Year 4 Pupils recently entered the ‘Fourth Plinth Schools’ Awards’ designing and making a whale from plastic to highlight the threat that plastic poses to our oceans and planet.






Last year our Year 3 Students took part in the ‘Tate Steve McQueen Year 3 project’  where thousands of Year 3 children were photographed during the year to create world’s biggest group portrait. The class (now Year 4) will visit Tate Britain later this year to view the exhibition.

Other competitions our pupils have entered this year have included the ‘Cool Milk Christmas Card Competition’ and Croydon School’s competition to design a t-shirt for the School Athletics  championships.

Reception Class work on Van Gogh:


Year 5 work on Monet:  


Our Year 6 Students created a fantastic depiction of Leonardo de Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’:


Art Club runs twice a week on Wednesday and Friday after school and is always a popular choice for all age groups.