Residential construction specialists, Gustav Bonnier, based in Northenden, challenged pupils at Benchill Primary School – BW3’s School of the Year 2017/18 – to create a story and a mascot that would represent the school for years to come.

The three finalists were announced by Tony Lanzbergin, director of Gustav Bonnier and local estate agency Bergins, at the school towards the end of the summer term. He presented them with prizes and unveiled the overall winner, Winston Tshuma.

Tony Lanzbergin commissioned Cheshire based chainsaw sculptor, Andy Burgess, to create the winning idea from wood and it will sit within the school grounds.

Winston, aged 10, came up with The Benchill Ant. His inspiration being taken from how hard-working ants are and what they can achieve, in particular when they work as a team. Winston believes pupils at Benchill Primary should strive to be like the ant – work hard, be resilient and work together as a team.

Tony Lanzbergin said: “The pupils’ stories were really impressive and it was difficult to choose an overall winner. Winston’s take on the work ethic of ants just edged it for us, as it encourages children to work hard. They may be small but don’t underestimate them. It’s the same with local children.

“Choosing a winner may have been a challenge, but we’ve given Andy Burgess a bigger one now – carving an ant; we trust it’s not true to size!”