School running for national green award

Outside the Green Machine at Old Earth CE Primary School, Elland are headteacher Paul Reynolds, Maisie Burton, 11, and Lucas Metcalfe, 10, who are going to London to represent the school at the Climate Change Awards.
Outside the Green Machine at Old Earth CE Primary School, Elland are headteacher Paul Reynolds, Maisie Burton, 11, and Lucas Metcalfe, 10, who are going to London to represent the school at the Climate Change Awards.

A primary school is in the running for a national award thanks to its focus on green initiatives preserving the Old Earth.

Pupils from Old Earth Primary School, Elland, will visit the House of Commons after being nominated for the Best Educational Initiative at the Climate Week Awards.

Headteacher Paul Reynolds and his school of eco-warriors have embraced green ideals including solar panels, recycling schemes, and 10 allotments tended by pupils, providing fruit and vegetables for school meals. Their most recent initiative the ‘Green Machine’ - a refurbished double decker bus housing a science lab and library powered by solar electricty - got them nominated for the award.

Mr Reynolds said: “There is pride across the school. There was spontaneous applause in assembly when I announced it.

“We had a look at the other three entries and a straw poll of pupils said that we would win.”

He will take Year 6 pupils Lucas Metcalfe and Maisie Burton to the ceremony in London, on Monday March 4, as representatives of the children that are key to the school’s success.

“It’s really important that the children are recognised,” said Mr Reynolds. “They have done a lot of the hard work.”