Students from a secondary school have raised £3,110 help improve their learning facilities by selling hand-made pocket square designs.

Year 10 pupils from The National Autistic Society’s Anderson School, on Luxborough Lane, Chigwell, made the four-pocket squares for suits by James Reynolds of Diverso.

The youngsters create the designs last year, as part of an ongoing series of art workshops run by Liam West and Matt Mackman from gallery and art consultancy,

West Contemporary.

They were then sold through the Anderson Foundation, which sponsors the school, at their charity events, and on Diverso’s website.

Gary Simm, principal of the National Autistic Society’s Anderson School, said: "It's wonderful to see our students' brilliant designs attracting so much attention.

"We have high ambitions for all our students and projects like this are aimed at helping them to realise their potential.

"Every autistic child is different and many thrive in mainstream schools, while others benefit from the kind of specialist support and understanding we can provide at our school.

"We've been so lucky to work with Liam and Matt from West Contemporary and James from Diverso.

“These type of link-ups are great ways for our students to explore future career choices and gain experience in a safe and known environment - and hopefully open up job opportunities in the future.”

The students work will be displayed in several study rooms and they will also decide how to use the profit from the sales to enhance school life.