School Chosen In 10:10 Sustainability Challenge

Headteacher of the Five Islands School, Bryce Wilby

The five Islands School has been chosen as one of ten UK schools who will partner with a green group to try and access cash for more carbon footprint cutting measures.

The Global 10:10 organisation was originally set up with target of reducing emissions by 10% by the end of 2010.

Our new school has been built to be as sustainable as possible but headteacher of the Five Islands School, Bryce Wilby, hopes the partnership will take their sustainability planning to a new level.

He says the new school electricity consumption, in a new building, will be lower, but it is estimated to be around £20,000 to £30,000 a year. Solar panels should bring in savings of around a quarter of that amount in generating power and income.

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But a recent Council planning meeting heard concerns about the installation of solar panels on the school roof. Councillors were worried about the panels dazzling planes on the airport approach path and also about whether the roof was strong enough to take them.

Bryce says panels were included in the original plans so has no concerns about the structural strength of the roof, and says the CAA is more concerned about car windscreens dazzling pilots and the angle of the panels on the roof shouldn’t cause a problem.

The panels should generate an income of around £8,000 to £10,000 pounds per year, which will be spent on education, rather than the electricity bill.

Bryce says there is a lot of interest nationally in the 10:10 programme and this could result in significant publicity for the school.