An Animated Portrait of Our School

Watch the spectacular end result of Lily Ash Sakula's residency at John Chilton School for children with disabilities.

"What do you like best about your school? How does being at school make you feel?"

These are some of the questions students aged 5 to 18 explored over the course of a term with our SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities) Schools' Illustrator in Residence, Lily Ash Sakula.

Lily worked with students in the Blue Pathway – those with the most complex support needs – at John Chilton School, a mixed Community Special School in Ealing for pupils with moderate to severe learning difficulties as a primary need or as a dual diagnosis to their medical or physical needs.

Students modelled clay characters, designed sets, backgrounds and props, filmed the animation frame by frame and recorded a soundtrack to complete the production. Some students are non-verbal, some have low dexterity, others have cognitive processing disorders. All of them became sculptors, animators, composers and musicians, producing this remarkable stop motion animation.

Read our Q&A with Lily about their residency to find out more.

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Thank you to all the students and staff at John Chilton School for their collaboration and input. Our Schools’ Illustrator in Residence programme was made possible through the generous support of John Lyon's Charity.