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Sandhills Primary School, Oxford, UK

Sustainable energy throughout a school culture and curriculum

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Energy spies, part of the school energy efficiency team, read the electricity meter with the school caretaker.

Sandhills is a 200-pupil primary school on the outskirts of Oxford. It has a long-term commitment to sustainability, and negotiated successfully for extra energy-efficiency measures when the school was rebuilt in 2003. Pupils in the Energy Team check equipment in classrooms, run competitions, read energy meters, and graph the readings. Energy is taught throughout the curriculum, and sustainability is the theme of the current drama production. Pupils and parents contributed to the cost of a 5 kW wind turbine.