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Key information


Phase 3a Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

Technologies used:

Air source heat pump, LED lighting


West Midlands

Client type:

Multi academy trust

Estimated savings


Grant value

72 tonnes

Annual carbon savings tCO2e*

Climate education and action are prioritised by Windsor Academy Trust in its mission to reach net zero by 2030.

The trust, based in the West Midlands, England, received £576k from Phase 3a of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to support the introduction of  low carbon upgrades to Cheslyn Hay Academy in Cheslyn Hay, South Staffordshire.

The project

Single glazing was tackled first, with 70% of the school’s windows needing upgrading.

The academy then turned its efforts to its inefficient gas fired heating system that supplied part of the school, which was replaced by eight new air source heat pumps.

By upgrading to double glazing, the academy reduced the loss of heat, consequently increasing the efficiency of the heat pumps. This holistic approach is often encouraged when delivering decarbonisation projects.

As a result of this low-carbon work, the academy has seen a saving of 72 tonnes of carbon annually.

The journey towards a more sustainable future for everyone is not just an initiative, but a fundamental shift in how we perceive and interact with our world. At Windsor Academy Trust, our commitment to environmental stewardship and educational leadership is unwavering.

“By integrating low carbon technologies and focusing on carbon neutrality, we aim not only to educate, but to inspire a generation grounded in the principles of sustainability.”

Chris Berry Director of Operations Windsor Academy Trust

Climate action and education

Sustainability and global current affairs feature heavily in the curriculum at the academy while students can take part in green initiatives, including eco-school programmes, and trust wide COP events to increase their understanding of the issue at hand.

By signing up to the academy’s eco-committee, the children have the chance to learn about topics such as building heating methods and energy waste.

They are actively challenged to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint, with exercises including switching off any computers and lights that are not in use.

Career fairs provide the opportunity for students to talk to contractors and consultants about the specifics of their work to appreciate the importance of green roles as a vocation.

Chris said: "Our actions today pave the way for a greener, more sustainable future, demonstrating the crucial role of education in addressing global environmental challenges." 

The students’ education was not disrupted by the project with the majority of the works taking place across the school holidays.

However, the academy was able to undertake upgrades during the term by timing it so that there was a crossover with the old boiler system.

Communication was maintained throughout the project via presentations by academy sustainability leaders, meetings with key stakeholders and monthly newsletters to the wider community.

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