STUDENTS in south Oxfordshire have been praised after a school art exhibition featured their work.

Wantage residents saw a selection of A-Level and GCSE art, graphics, textiles and product design work at King Alfred’s Academy.

Local primaries were also invited to submit work to the annual show.

Hannah Newton, the school’s director of creative arts, design and technology commented: “We were delighted to exhibit work showing the journey from early years, through the exam stages, to our alumni. There are impressive art projects happening in our primary schools that deserve a wider audience.”

Paul Thompson, head of design technology, added: “We had some really impressive, well-conceived GCSE and A level projects on display this year.”

Pamela Elder, overseas area representative for The Arts Society, Wantage, has worked with KA's since 2007 and said this year's standards were as high as ever.

She said : “For as long as I can remember, the standard of work from King Alfred’s students has been very high.”

Previously, the society has arranged artists in residence, ceramic workshops and taken a group of Year 9 students to the Watermill Theatre, where students acted out scenes from Henry V.