Budding artists have put a selection of their work up for public viewing.

Year 9 to 13 students at Epping St John’s School made an art gallery at St John's Church.

The project came about through the work of the church's Reverend Lee Batson and gave GCSE students a chance to show off their exam pieces.

Katie Driver, head of art, said: “Rev. Batson has been great with the school and tries to support us as much as possible.

"He is a big fan of art and suggested we put on an art gallery together.

“The GCSE exam work has just been released by the examiners, so this was the first opportunity for parents to see it as it has been under lock and key.

“This was a good opportunity for students to be recognised for their talent and for prospective students to see the standards we have at Epping St John’s.

"It was the first time we have displayed work outside of the classroom and was really nice for parents and the community to have a look.”

About 75 pieces of artwork were put on display, along with sketchbooks and portfolios to give a flavour of what happens in the art department.

Stephen Hehir, executive head, said: “This exhibition is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the students and staff members of our school.

“Well done to all students and staff members concerned. This was a fantastic advert for Epping St John’s in our community.”