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Issue:- 12 December 2014

Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Nursery and Primary School unveils results of a £50k Energy Makeover

ON 12 December 2014, pupils at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Nursery and Primary School, located on Grantham Road, Southport, Merseyside, met with local MP John Pugh today to reveal the results of a £50k British Gas Energy Makeover, won earlier in 2014.

In the spring, British Gas offered schools the chance to win an Energy Makeover worth £50k to help improve the energy performance of their school. Our Lady of Lourdes entered the competition to teach their young pupils about sustainability and energy conservation. The school was built in the 1930's and whilst it is a beautiful and distinctive building, they were in need of an energy upgrade. Our Lady of Lourdes won the prize for work that the school had previously carried out in relation to eco-issues, and for their ideas going forward.

A range of exciting new technology has now been installed, including solar panels, lighting, boiler burner controls and a hot water pipe insulation. A new interactive display screen, which presents live information such as energy generation from the solar panels, weather and energy saving tips is displayed to the children, teachers and parents.

The school will now expect to see a reduction in its electriCity costs of 9% and heating fuel usage by 5%, resulting in an estimated 10tonnes of Carbon savings. Last year, the British Gas Generation Green programme invested £1.6 million installing energy saving equipment in schools, saving an estimated £100,000 a year on energy bills.

Head teacher Mrs Maureen Hillsdon said:- "We are delighted to have made Our Lady of Lourdes a more energy efficient place for the children to learn. The money that we're saving can now be used for other educational activities and school equipment. The interactive display screen allows for the children to see how much energy we're saving in a really engaging way and our new technology will be used to teach children about energy efficiency for years to come."

Southport's John Pugh MP said:- "It's fantastic to see how the energy makeover will help the children learn about energy and how it will improve the schools energy efficiency. I welcome this type of investment and schemes such as Generation Green can make a real difference to the school. It's great to see their energy bills will be reduced as a result."

Abi Robins, Director of Corporate Responsibility at British Gas, said:- "We're glad the children and teachers love their new energy saving technology and they enjoy learning about the benefits of being energy efficient. The investment will provide a lasting legacy of energy and carbon savings to the school for the next generation of young people."

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

LEVEL 3 Teaching Assistant students have been getting in the spirit at Runshaw Adult College, by donning their Christmas Jumpers in Aid of Save the Children! Along with Christmas hats and reindeer antlers the students have also been celebrating the end of term by completing fun Christmas quizzes like name that carol and guess the chocolate.

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