Inspiring creativity through our Learning Programme

Date published: 18 September 2023

We invite your school or community group to be part of the fun!

The Short Tail Trail Learning Programme celebrates creativity and offers a platform to showcase talent in the local community.

Join our Learning Programme and you can design and decorate your own small sculpture which will form part of The Short Tail Trail, alongside sculptures created by professional local and national artists. Then, once the trail comes to an end, your sculpture will go back to its forever home in your school, college or community group.

Why you should hop on board!

  • Meet educational goals through a fun, accessible learning pack you can integrate into your creative curriculum across a number of subjects. Explore healthy lifestyles, emotional wellbeing, and connections with the community and wider world.
  • It gives students an opportunity to experiment with different art forms, using creativity to meet core curriculum objectives.
  • Develop links in your local community and form strategic education partnerships.
  • Encourage your community and their families to explore the trail and engage with the arts, cultural sites and green spaces of the town.
  • Generate PR opportunities, demonstrating your school or group’s active role in the community.
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“The University of Bedfordshire is extremely proud and excited to be the education sponsor for the ‘Short Tail Trail’. This project will bring together our work with primary, secondary and further education in promoting our civic values and partnerships within Luton, working towards higher education for all and the opportunities this can bring.”

Roisin Kendall, University of Bedfordshire, Education Presenting Partner of The Short Tail Trail


To join The Short Tail Trail as a school / community group we are asking you to pledge £1,250 to Keech Hospice Care. In return you sponsor a small sculpture – you will be able to pick a small hare or a small tortoise (subject to availability). You can pay in full, part payments or arrange fundraising activities with your students/families in order to reach the sponsorship pledge.

When you receive your blank sculpture in the spring, it is your time to get creative (with guidance and support) as to what your designed sculpture will look like. You have ‘almost’ free design rights on your sculpture (however, you are not permitted to paint your business or school logo/name within the design). It is then up to you and your fellow artists to bring your sculpture to life!

On completion, your sculpture will be part of The Short Tail Trail around Luton for 10 weeks (July-Sept 2024).

At the end of the trail, we will host a ‘farewell event’ where ALL the sculptures will be on display for one weekend only, before your sculpture returns to it’s forever home at your school or group.

Sign up today

For more information or to sign up visit our Schools and Community Groups page.


‘We loved being part of the Big Trunk Trail. We got the whole school involved in designing our elephant and our winners were two children who had used our school values and our house groups in their design. We thought this was so personal to our school that we couldn’t resist using both designs on our elephant ‘Brilliant Bushmead’.

Daniella Toyer, Assistant Headteacher, Bushmead Primary School.

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