Martham school is leading the way in environmental friendliness after claiming Eco Award

Flegg High school, Martham have been named the secondary school winners in the Norwich and Norfolk e

Flegg High school, Martham have been named the secondary school winners in the Norwich and Norfolk eco awards. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Solar panels, a wind turbine and its own food produce company. These are just three of the things that have made a Martham school worthy winners in this year's Eco Awards.

Flegg High School was given the nod by Norfolk County Council in its annual awards, claiming the secondary school category.

For the past decade the school has made the environment one of its main priorities and has installed a number of measures to reduce its carbon footprint and increase its pupil's eco-awareness.

Much of the school's energy is generated on site, with its own wind turbine and 98kw solar panels providing its own renewable energy source.

Students at the school also run their own food produce company - the Great Growing Company - growing their own fruit and vegetables which are supplied to both the school canteen and local businesses.

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Ruth Bullard, the school's business manager, said: 'We incorporate environmental matters into as much of the curriculum as we can, as our aim is to make our students aware it is simply part of every day life.

'It has always been a part of our ethos to promote environmental awareness.'

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The school monitors the amount of power generated on site, data which students have access to as a learning resource.

The building is also heated using a biomass boiler, a large wood burner with considerable lower carbon emissions than oil or gas heaters.

Year Nine pupil Jake Bowler, 14, who is managing director of the Great Growing Company, said: 'I'm very happy to be a part of a school that is one of the best in the area for being eco-friendly.

'However, I don't think we necessarily take pride in it. It is just something we feel we should do and it's a normal part of our routine.'

Around 20pc of all the energy used at the school is renewable and it also has its own horticultural area and a wildlife area.

Mrs Bullard added: 'We have planted trees, installed bat boxes and have part of the school where we have allowed nature to take its course, as we're keen to maintain biodiversity as well.

'We feel our students take away important life skills, such as being able to grow their own foods, to ensure they look after the planet the best they can.'

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