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CCF playing its part in protecting the planet

We are delighted to announce that the school has won a £1.94 million government grant to decarbonise its heating infrastructure.

This is the largest amount of money awarded to any single London school in a recent round of funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy delivered by Salix Finance.

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) aims to promote green investment to support the Government’s net zero and clean growth goals. This PSDS Phase 3 funding will help enhance the school’s energy efficiencies and reach new levels of innovation for green growth.

It will allow the school to replace the existing gas boiler with new energy-efficient, low carbon air-to-water heat pumps. Additionally, energy efficient measures including cavity wall and roof insulation will reduce the power requirement associated with the new plants. These measures will reduce the school’s carbon footprint significantly in line with the school’s developing sustainability goals.

A huge thank you to everyone involved in obtaining this substantial funding. It demonstrates the enduring commitment of leadership and governorship in delivering continual improvements to all aspects of our provision.

We are a heavily oversubscribed school in the London Borough of Barnet, and we are committed to giving our young people a practical understanding on how we can make a positive impact on our climate whilst providing our students with a much-improved environment for learning.

Mr S Olusanya, Headteacher

We are the Climate Council, who are striving to make our school more eco-friendly.  The news of this low-carbon heating technology has made us excited to take the next step on our ambition to achieve Net zero carbon and also to be established as an Eco-School.

Climate Council pupils

Installation begins during the summer break and the project is due to be completed by March 2023.

We are delighted to be working with Christ's College Finchley and joining them on their decarbonisation journey. The whole building approach, combining building fabric improvements with a new low carbon heating system, will play a huge role in achieving the school’s net-zero carbon target whilst also directly supporting education around climate and sustainability.

Laura Couldrey, Salix Programme Manager