June 14, 2011
Highbridge pupils win £1,000 in eco competition
students from Highbridge's King Alfred School are among a group
of 14 year-olds who have won money for their 'green thinking'.
of 14-year-olds from King Alfred School, Ansford School in Castle
Cary, Heathfield Community School in Taunton, The Castle School
in Taunton and Crispin School in Street entered the Dragons
Den to present their proposals for low carbon projects at
the final of the EDF Energy Somerset Green Schools Challenge at
Somerset County Cricket Club.
Alfred School Pupils Hannah Dowell and Becky Jones were given
£1,000 towards their sustainable efforts after unveiling
an ambitious plan for an eco-classroom, with a green roof and
low carbon energy, with two models built by students detailing
the plan. The
judges were impressed with their presentation skills and attention
to detail in their proposals.
School was the overall winner and scooped £10,000 to spend
on a low carbon project developed by students.
The judging panel of Darren Towers, EDF Energys Head of
Sustainability, Lord Cameron of Dillington, Rupert Cox, Chairman
of Somerset Chamber of Commerce and local environmentalist Julia
Hailes MBE assessed each project proposal, quizzing students on
their plans, before deciding which schools to award funds to from
the £15,000 prize pot.
As well as presenting to the judging panel, students got a tour
of the ground and club museum and were entertained with science
workshops from Future 4 Science.
Robyn Broughton, EDF Energys schools programme manager,
said: "The EDF Energy Somerset Green Schools Challenge is
an educational experience, through which young people learn more
about climate change, the environment and the sustainable use
of energy, as they create and design a proposal for a local carbon
"Were delighted with how schools responded and hope
their successes can inspire them and others as they continue their