LITTLE DETECTIVES SHORTLISTED IN THE SCHOOLS OF KING EDWARD VI COMPETITION

Winner of top bear prize to be revealed at exclusive auction event.

The region’s primary schools in with a chance of winning Inspector Claw-So been announced. During The Big Sleuth pupils tracked down a mysterious sun bear character across Birmingham as part of a competition by the event’s Educational Sponsor, The Schools of King Edward VI.

Now, the top three schools with winning entries can be revealed as Astwood Bank Primary School in Redditch, Hall Green Primary School in West Bromwich, and Longwill School for the Deaf in Birmingham. They are heading to The Big Sleuth’s grand auction on 12 October to discover who has come first place to walk away with the colourful cub sculpture Inspector Claw-So, which has been painted by artist Jenny Leonard.

Denis Ramplin, Director of Marketing & Communications for The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham, said: “Congratulations to the shortlisted schools. The competition clearly brought out the detective in all children and teachers involved. We can’t wait for the winner to be announced at the auction next week!”

The competition was part of The Little Bears Detective Club, The Big Sleuth’s creative education initiative for the city’s young people. Over 100 teachers and their pupils competed to win the professionally painted cub sculpture Inspector Claw-So and exclusive tickets to The Big Sleuth auction.

Educational Sponsor The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham supported creative producers Wild in Art and Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity to bring the programme to life, which saw 137 cub sculptures join the trail’s sun bears on this summer’s free, family-friendly art event across Bear-mingham and surrounding areas.

Children identified landmarks across the city through a series of photographic clues featuring the bear and submitted creative stories about its journey. Representatives from the three shortlisted schools are attending The Big Sleuth auction to find out who has won the top prize of Inspector Claw-So.

The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham has roots in the city since 1552 when King Edward’s School was founded. John Hoyland attended the school in the early part of the 20th Century and it’s his remarkable life story, recently uncovered in the school’s archives that gave the organisation even more reasons to get involved with The Big Sleuth.

Denis Ramplin, Director of Marketing & Communications for The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham, explains: “We recently discovered that Old Boy John Hoyland, Jack to his friends, helped the people of Birmingham and India by making teddy bears to raise money for good causes. His story is truly inspirational and so when the opportunity came along to be Educational Sponsor of The Big Sleuth, it was a perfect fit for us and our aims to open our doors to even more bright children and help raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.”

Annie Laughrin at Wild in Art said: “A beary big well done to all schools that entered the competition. The challenge enabled even more young children and teachers to take part in The Big Sleuth and The Little Bears Detective Club, and the stories entered were a great reflection on this region’s creativity and young people.”

The Little Bears Detective Club competition was another great way to bring the excitement of The Big Sleuth into the classroom and beyond. It’s hoped the love for the bear-utiful sculptures witnessed on the streets carries over to the auction house so that Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity can continue to make a real difference to the 90,000 children the hospital cares for each year.

For more information about attending the auction event, please visit www.thebigsleuth.co.uk/auction/ for ticket details.