A Highbridge school is now partially powered by sunlight, following the introduction of 20 new solar panels at the school.

King Alfred School held a special ceremony, attended by the town’s Mayor and Mayoress, to mark the launch.

Christine Platel, King Alfred School Business Manager, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “Thanks to a 50 per cent grant from the Low Carbon Trust and a donation from the Sustainable Department at Somerset County Council, the school has been able to fund the purchase of 20 solar panels.”

The panels have been position on the roof of the school’s latest block, with a display inside the block showing how much CO2 the panels are saving the school.

The school and students felt it was important to make a conscious effort to show the local community that they are committed to reducing the school’s carbon footprint.

Students from the Science and Engineering Club have been looking at renewable energy and gave a presentation on ‘Why KAS chose Solar Energy’ at the ceremony.

A new student environment group will begin meeting shortly to look at further ways to move the school towards a ‘greener’ future.

Pictured are Burnham’s Mayor and Mayoress at the official launch of the new solar panels at King Alfred School and, above, students at the launch ceremony