Altrincham pupil is poster boy for national furniture chain

By David Prior at

An Altrincham schoolboy has won a competition to design a poster to hang in all 113 DFS stores.

Pupils from over 1,500 secondary schools nationwide took part in the competition which was designed to promote careers in the furniture industry.

And the winner was 14-year-old James Grainger, a GCSE student at St Ambrose College in Hale Barns.

James, who is studying Design Technology as one of his 10 GCSEs and hopes to continue the subject at A Level, said: “The brief was to show just how many jobs are available in the furniture industry demanding both practical and highly creative skills and I hope I got the message across of the great choice young people like me have when they leave full time education.”

James Grainger, 14, beat 1,500 others to win the competition

He’ll now go on an all-expenses-paid trip to the DFS advertising agency in Leeds to assist their design team and develop his idea.

“It took me two or three lessons to design and though I took great care producing my design I was still surprised when I won,” he added. “I’d like to be a graphic designer or an engineer and definitely want to continue my Design Technology course. Visiting a top advertising agency will give me first hand experience of the sort of career I’d like to pursue.”

St Ambrose’s DT teacher, Debbie McPartland, said: “James worked on this extra curricular project totally by himself and produced a design which perfectly met a complex brief.”