Pupils and teachers heading back to school after half term this morning were stunned to find an original Banksy mural painted in the playground.
The secretive graffiti artist had left a spray-painting of a child holding a stick and chasing a burning tyre on the wall at Bridge Farm Primary School in Whitchurch, Bristol.
It is believed the work is a modern take on hoop rolling, a popular game played by children during the Victorian days.
Surprise: Pupils were stunned by the addition to the side of their classroom (SWNS)
Tell-tale: The artwork was signed by Banksy (SWNS)
Hoop rolling: It’s thought the artwork alluded to an old Victorian game (SWNS)
The six-foot high artwork also features a flower and a small house with ‘Banksy’ signed to the bottom left of the brick building.
Banksy left the artwork on the school after a classroom was named after him.
A note from the artist said: “Dear Bridge Farm School. Thanks for your letter and naming a house after me. Please have a picture.
“If you don’t like it feel free to add stuff, I’m sure the teachers won’t mind.
“Remember - it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission. Much love Banksy.”
Artwork: Children lined up to get a glimpse of the mural (SWNS)
Home town: The primary school in situated in Bristol (SWNS)
Headteacher Geoff Mason said the school was "thrilled” to have the Banksy and believed it would inspire pupils.
He added: “I’m sure this is Banksy’s work. We had a call from his PR team, and a letter signed by him.
"We are very thrilled about it, and it’s great for the school community.
"I’m sure it will inspire the children. The staff had to make quite a few calls this morning to make sure nobody cleaned it off.”
Elusive: Banksy is no stranger to painting murals on Bristol buildings (SWNS)
Advice: The graffiti artist also left a note for pupils (SWNS)
This is not the first time, the guerilla artist - whose work has appeared on the likes of the West Bank and in Calais - left a mural in his home city.
'Mobile Lovers’, which featured a couple embracing while checking their mobile phones, was left on the on the door of a youth club.
It was later removed by Dennis Stinchcombe, who runs the club, before he sold it for £403,000 - securing its future.
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