Animal hands for pupils at Howard Junior School. Pictures: Tony Jones.

Pupils at a West Norfolk school are to be featured by an international conservation charity for an awareness and fundraising campaign.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), will use the pupils from Howard Junior School as part of publicity for its forthcoming Wear it Wild fundraising day.

As part of the promotion, the  Gaywood school had a visit on Tuesday from one of the UK’s top body artists, Bath-based Cat  Finlayson, who painted animal faces on the hands of ten pupils.

The painted youngsters were then photographed for publicity purposes.

Headteacher Greg Hill explained the school came to the charity’s attention last year when children dressed as animals, produced a video for YouTube and sent details of their efforts to the WWF.

He said as a result, two representatives from the charity’s Surrey base visited the school to launch the promotion and talk about their work and animal conservation.

Mr Hill said: “It is great to see Howard pupils used as exemplar models for such a high-profile organisation. One of the biggest charities in the world has chosen one school to launch its event and it was Howard school.”

He added the artistic creations on the hands of the pupils were fantastic and included a giraffe, tiger, snow leopard and a panda.

Wear it Wild day will take place on May 27. Children are encouraged to dress-up in animal-inspired costumes to raise money.