Primary school pupils have used their creative skills to produce a series of framed art pieces to brighten up passenger’s daily commute and they can now be seen in a shop window near South Wimbledon station.

An exhibition displaying the art work of pupils aged three to 11 from Merton Abbey Primary school has been launched at Simply Fresh.

The decision to display the art work of some pupils came from an arrangement between headteacher Michael Bradley and councillor Katy Neep, Merton Council's cabinet member for children’s services, who wanted the school and children to be active players in the local community. Councillor Neep then got in touch with Simply Fresh, who agreed to display the art work in their tube store, which is currently under development.

Headteacher Michael Bradley said: “At our school we really believe children should love their education and creative arts. We want to be an active part of the community working with others to make it a great place to work. Everyone does not like shop floors looking derelict.”

Michael said he wants pupils at Merton Abbey Primary, who have already visited residents at sheltered accommodation residence, Trellis House, in Colliers Wood, to be active members of the local community.

He also said it was important that pupils were taught how to express themselves creatively, in addition to learning more academic subjects, such as Maths and English. He said: “We want children to love coming to school. We want to connect children to the cultural richness of London. We even took children to the Royal ballet. London has an incredible artistic richness. It’s our duty to connect children to this.”

The art work is currently being displayed in a new Simply fresh store inside the station, due to open in around three weeks.

Mehmet Guzel, 33, operating director and store owner at the new Simply Fresh South Wimbledon store, was pleased the shop could help the local community and hoped the art would put a smile on people’s faces. He said: “We're hoping it will perk commuters up for their morning routine, heads down, coffees in hand. What I can tell is that the junction around is really busy. The aim is to get as many to see it as possible, but I hope it will brighten up the morning.”

He added: “We want to engage as a socially responsive business, so we are to capitalise on that. We expect to keep the work until at least we are ready to trade in two to three weeks. Once we open store and welcome public, I will be happy to engage with the school for a second exhibition.”