A train company’s new winter timetable is set to feature artwork by talented pupils from a Chalfont St Giles school after seven youngsters won a competition.

The winners of the Chiltern Railways competition to design the cover of the winter/spring timetable for commuters, from The Chalfonts Independent Grammar School, were rewarded with a goodie bag, framed certificate and a free family rail pass for a day of travel anywhere on the network.

The overall winning entry came from Jessie Taylor, 13, who will have her artwork featured on the front cover of Chiltern’s main timetables which came into effect last month.

Jessie was amongst nine winners, ranging from 6 to 13 years of age, that were chosen from entries submitted by schools and community groups across Chiltern’s rail network.

As well as being featured on the new timetables, the winning artworks will also been seen by thousands of train passengers in a temporary exhibition at Birmingham Moor Street station for the next six months.

Alan Riley, Chiltern’s interim customer services director said: “We run the timetable art competition with the aim of engaging with our community and encouraging the artistic interests of the children who live and study along our line.

“The standard of artwork that was submitted was very high and it was wonderful to see Chiltern Railways represented through the eyes of so many talented kids.”

Deborah Franses Bean, head of art at The Chalfonts Independent Grammar School, added: “I encourage pupils to enter art competitions to give them more confidence outside of the classroom.

“I remember as a child entering and being a runner up or winner in a Blue Peter, Clarks shoes and Harrow county art competitions, this created such a confidence in me that I grew up to become an artist and always knew that this was my strength.”