Shortlist announced for 2013 Ashden School Awards

Six schools have been shortlisted for the 2013 Ashden Awards, each moving a step closer to winning a cash prize plus support to improve their sustainable energy efforts even further and a national platform to promote their work.

Now in their 13th year, the Ashden Awards recognize sustainable energy trailblazers that are leading the way in creating a low-carbon future for all. 

The shortlist for the 2013 Ashden School Awards is:

Thomas A Becket Middle School in Worthing, West Sussex

Chaucer Technology School in Canterbury, Kent

South Farnborough Infant School in Farnborough, Hampshire

Sir William Romney's School in Tetbury, Gloucesteshire

Hollybush Primary School in Derry, Northern Ireland

Cockermouth School in Cockermouth, Cumbria

Judges for this year’s Schools Awards include Stephen Green, Environmental Coordinator at Ashden School Award winner Ringmer College; Andrew Suter of the Eco-Schools award programme; Emma Jones, member of CAG Consultants and Mike Wolfe of the not-for-profit organisation CREATE, which promotes sustainable energy in UK schools and colleges.

Mike Wolfe said: "Once again I have been very impressed with the standard of applications.  Most notable has been the emphasis on changing behaviour and improving energy management in the schools, and how significantly pupils have been engaged in the process. The integration of behaviour change into curriculum activities is highly commendable."

Finalists will be announced in May 2013, with two winners to be announced at a prestigious ceremony on 20 June.