St Paul’s are switched on after turning off for competition

Switch Off Challenge champions from St Paul's Community Primary School, Spalding, are Maria Manko, Aiwia Borkowska and Wiktoria Lacka.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Switch Off Challenge champions from St Paul's Community Primary School, Spalding, are Maria Manko, Aiwia Borkowska and Wiktoria Lacka. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Pupils and staff at St Paul’s Community Primary School have lightened up after winning a countywide competition to save energy.

The school ran out clear winners in the Lincolnshire Schools Switch Off Challenge, making a huge saving of 85 per cent on their use of electricity.

St Paul's Community Primary School energy savers Maria Manko and Aiwia Borkowska.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

St Paul's Community Primary School energy savers Maria Manko and Aiwia Borkowska. Photo by Tim Wilson.

About 60 schools from across Lincolnshire entered the county council-run competition which saw enough electricity saved to keep an average house running for 27 days.

Kira Nicholls, headteacher at St Paul’s, said: “We took part in the countywide initiative where the idea was to see how much energy the school could save in a day while, at the same time, reducing their carbon footprint.

“We all worked together to keep warm, find alternative sources of light and also have a lot of fun too by toasting marshmallows and two teachers played their guitars to which we all sang along.

“There was also den making, sewing by candle light, sleeping lions in sleeping bags and many more fun learning activities.”

Miss Nicholls confirmed that the school had recorded an electricity usage of just 19kwH during its Switch Off Day, compared to the normal 128kwH usage, a saving of 109kwH.

“We also calculated that if all schools in Lincolnshire saved the same amount of energy as St Paul’s, the county would have saved over £4000 in only one day,” Miss Nicholls added.

“Just look at what we can achieve when we work together.”

The school’s reward is a specialised outdoor education session on a theme of sustainability.

Another South Holland school, Peele Community College in Long Sutton, was highly commended in the competition.

Coun David Brailsford, executive support councillor for children’s services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I’m so proud of the enthusiasm shown by Lincolnshire schools as they took part in the Switch Off Challenge.

“They saved an impressive amount of energy on the day and hopefully the schools will continue their energy saving habits into the future.”