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For more than 50 years Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme has commemorated British history and achievement. Stamps have also been issued to honour the achievements of many British people. Often, the people who appear on stamps are already famous. They include scientists and explorers, writers, artists, musicians, athletes, and Prime Ministers.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, there have been many people who have done great things. Many of them are not famous, but they have done extraordinary work. These are the people who have helped us all through a really difficult time. Some are frontline workers in healthcare, others look after elderly or vulnerable people. What these people have done makes them heroes, so Royal Mail wants to honour them by producing a set of eight stamps.

The stamps will feature designs created by eight school-aged children. Here at Merchiston Castle School we have worked with Second and Fourth Form to produce an array of impressive entries for this competition. We are incredibly proud of how the boys have adapted to the ever-changing circumstance throughout the Pandemic over the last year, and it has been a pleasure to work with the Boys on this competition. A special panel of judges will pick the winning designs. The final eight stamps will be sent to Her Majesty The Queen before they are printed and issued.

Scroll through the images in the gallery to see some of the amazing designs created by our pupils.

Fingers crossed for some winning entries, but a huge well done to all the boys who took part!


Stamp design featuring thank you NHS and Union flag
Stamp design featuring people on sofa staying at home
Stamp design featuring science, teachers and NHS with super hero cape
Stamp design featuring thank you NHS and rainbow
Stamp design featuring Sir Tom Moore and Union Flag
Stamp design featuring boy holding nurse bag and space theme
Stamp design featuring Sir Tom Moore and Marcus Rashford
Stamp design featuring NHS and superhero cape
Stamp design with rainbow and portraits of heroes
Florence Donaldson, Teacher of Design and Technology