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Talented artist from Spalding school has work on display in town


By Spalding Reporter


An artistic teenager is showing off his talents at Spalding Library for the next three weeks.

James Calvey (17), a student at the Garth School in Spalding, is displaying his coursework for members of the public to see and admire.

Despite being autistic and having gone through periods of heightened anxiety, James has defied all the odds and settled into a specially-prepared school curriculum focusing on his likes and interests.

Claire Moore, Garth's head of school said: "We are so proud of James and of what he has achieved as his independence and ability to access the local community has flourished."

The Garth School, rated "Outstanding" by Ofsted in June 2015 and named Primary School of the Year at the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards in the same year, caters for pupils aged between two and 19 who have complex, severe and profound learning needs.

James is helped at school by teaching assistant Cheryl Ellis who supports him with one-to-one tuition.

Garth School student James Calvey (second left) during the opening of his artwork exhibition at Spalding Library, with executive head teacher Daran Bland, James's dad John Calvey, librarian Amanda Reynolds and Cheryl Ellis, teaching assistant at the Garth School.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG200519-017TW
Garth School student James Calvey (second left) during the opening of his artwork exhibition at Spalding Library, with executive head teacher Daran Bland, James's dad John Calvey, librarian Amanda Reynolds and Cheryl Ellis, teaching assistant at the Garth School.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG200519-017TW

Examples of his artwork include a replica of Andy Warhol's famous "pop art" image of Marilyn Monroe, Bart Simpson, a character from popular TV show The Simpsons, and a range of luxury cars.

The exhibition opened on Monday when guests included Daran Bland, executive head teacher of The Garth School, and James' dad John Calvey who said "It isn't about what James can't do, it is about what he can do."



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