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Kenilworth Multi Academy Trust students to work with contractors on eco-friendly features at new school site

Posted on: 24/11/2021

Students at the Kenilworth Multi Academy Trust (KMAT) will play a key role in helping reduce the carbon footprint of their new school which is opening in Glasshouse Lane in autumn 2023.

They will be involved in consultations with contractors Morgan Sindall during the build process on issues which will help minimise the school’s impact on the planet.

Ideas will be discussed not only by the KMAT’s ‘Green Team’ but by the wider student population – both those at the current Kenilworth School and Sixth Form sites in Leyes Lane and Rouncil Lane.

Their focus will be on changing the habits and routines of staff and students and are likely to include creating a plastic-free zone, introducing measures to prevent litter and reducing plastic wrapping. They will also recommend recycling materials where they can be used in the curriculum, such as in product design, textiles, catering and art.

 

The suggestions will augment the raft of environmentally-friendly features the architects have already planned for the building.

 

These include ensuring a lower demand for energy in the first place by creating a thermally efficient shell, installing energy-saving technologies such as solar PV panels,

high-efficiency boilers, air source heat recovery units and low energy lighting. They will also encourage more sustainable modes of transport by installing electric vehicle chargers and providing hundreds of cycle racks.

Executive head of Kenilworth School and Sixth Form/KMAT Hayden Abbott said: “It makes perfect sense for the very students who will be spending their formative years at the new school to have as much input as possible into how it looks, feels and performs. Morgan Sindall Construction are very keen to involve them at every stage and this is a fantastic learning opportunity for our young people.”