By Claire Newmarch, Junior Press Officer

To celebrate 175 years of the co-operative movement, students from five of our Academy schools have come together to create a mural that will stand in Angel Square for years to come.

Our CEO, Steve Murrells joined students from Co-op Academies Stoke, Priesthorpe, Manchester, Woodslee and Friarswood to unveil the mural created to represent 175 years of being Co-op.

In September, we launched a design project inviting students from all of our academies to design a mural that represents what the Co-op means to them.

From the Rochdale Pioneers and our Co-op Values, to our Fairtrade pledge, the academies embraced the brief and delved into the history of Co-op to create an eye-catching mural which represents One Co-op.

Not only was the project a fantastic way of involving our academies in our 175th anniversary, but it has also allowed us to support the Co-op Academies Trust in promoting a rounder curriculum where art and design is embraced.

Co-op Academy Stoke said:

“What a piece of work – the whole timeline is amazing and our students are incredibly proud that their work is displayed. Thank you to the team at Co-op and Steve Murrells for making this happen. Our students feel 10ft tall!”

You can find the mural on the 9th Floor in 1 Angel Square. Whether you’re based there or visiting please take the time to pop up and admire the amazing work of our academy students.

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