Inspiring Entry Wins A Makeover! Back

Date published: July 17, 2017

Whittle and Johnstone’s Paints have been running a competition since November 2016 to give one educational facility the opportunity to win a complete redecoration makeover for a room of their choice within their school.

As part of the competition, schools were asked to explain why they believe their school should win the makeover. We had an influx of incredibly inspiring entries from schools spanning the UK, and the judging panel were touched and inspired by all of the entries.

The winning entry came from The Nethersole C of E Academy, who wrote:

“Our school library looks worn, dated and uninviting. This is the only other learning place apart from the classroom that children visit during the school day. This room should be a learning experience that differs from traditional studies. Decorating the library in a bright inviting colour will make a child's visit more memorable and inspire the children to read and want to revisit the library and to read more often.

Making our library more inviting will have a huge impact on the children. We have children with special needs in our school so decorating with colour that would encourage and benefit all children would be a huge success.

It is amazing the difference colours and how they are put together can make in a child's life.

This would be a huge benefit to our school.”

Stephen Hankinson, CEO of Hankinson Group and Helen Tiplady of Johnstone’s Paints lead judges said: “We were highly impressed by their desire to uplift and brighten an important learning space and the recognition of how colour could be used to encourage their students to engage in reading and learning.”


Whittle and Johnstone’s are now looking forward to working on this project and transforming their school’s library into one of inspiration. Johnstone’s Paints will be providing a colour consultancy service to help The Nethersole C of E Academy achieve the impact that they are striving for.


Upon reading the entries, Whittle and Johnstone’s wish that they could help and assist everyone who entered, however this just isn’t possible. Nevertheless, all were touched and inspired by the entries to make a difference, and Johnstone’s were able to offer a £100 Johnstone’s Paint voucher to the second and third place runners up, and a 15% discount voucher to all other entrants, which we hope will help them to carry out some of the work they need.


We are hoping to run the competition again in 2018, so watch this space!