A GROUP of “green” students has beaten off competition from over 6,000 schools across the UK to win solar panels worth £25,000.
Despite only having 13 pupils, Swinton Community School Autism Resource scoopped the prize in the in the British Gas Generation Green challenge.
Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey joined pupils at a ceremony to officially unveil the solar panel system, which could generate enough electricity for the annual consumption of a three bedroom house (3,264kWh), and save approximately 18 double-decker buses, or enough carbon to fill one and a half Olympic size swimming pools(1,853kg).
Resource manager Debbie Gamwell said: “The resource students, who all have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, have been supported to develop their awareness of many environmental issues and have been encouraged to adopt 'greener' lifestyles through their involvement with the Generation Green project.
“The students are all very proud of their success and their contribution to making this a more environmentally friendly school.
“The staff have been amazed by the students enthusiasm for, and commitment to, this project and we are all extremely proud of their success in winning this fantastic prize for the benefit of the whole school community.”
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