May 17, 2011
Highbridge school pupils reach final of £15k green energy
from Highbridge's King Alfred School are among five schools getting
ready to enter the 'Dragons' Den' as finalists of the EDF Energy
Somerset Green Schools Challenge.
Youngsters from King Alfred School have joined pupils from
Ansford Community College in Castle Carey, Crispin School in Street,
and both Castle School and Heathfield Community School in Taunton
in reaching the final of the challenge, which is to develop an
innovative low carbon project that benefits their school.
Now they stand a chance of winning a share of £15,000 for
their school to help turn their ideas into reality.
All Somerset County Council secondary schools were invited to
enter the challenge, with five making next months final.
will send a small team of students to pitch their ideas in a 'Dragons
Den' style judging day at Somerset Cricket Club in Taunton on
Thursday, June 9th.
On the judging panel will be Lord Cameron of Dillington, Rupert
Cox, Chairman of Somerset Chamber of Commerce, Somerset environmentalist
Julia Hailes MBE and Darren Towers, EDF Energys Head of
EDF Energys Darren Towers said: "Very well done to
the five schools through to the final of the challenge and to
all those whove taken part."
"The initial ideas from all the finalists are really exciting
and well thought through. Im very much looking forward to
the judging and to see how the students have developed those plans
further. Its going to be a tough competition to judge."
Lord Cameron added: "Im really looking forward to getting
to grip with the ideas of these Somerset youngsters. Im
sure we face some tough decisions on judging day but we want these
projects to be sustainable showcases of what schools can achieve,
and Im sure they can become just that."
The EDF Energy Somerset Green Schools Challenge is being run through
EDF Energys programme for greener schools. Through the challenge,
students learn about climate change and sustainability, as they
develop projects with a positive environmental impact on their
school or local community.