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Bodmin school transformed thanks to energy-saving makeover

  • St Wenn School won a £100,000 energy makeover in British Gas’ Generation Green competition 
  • Two years on since winning the prize, it is saving money on its fuel bills and is inspiring pupils to be ‘green’

A Bodmin school has been transformed after winning a £100,000 energy makeover from British Gas’ Generation Green competition.

St Wenn School is reaping the benefits of British Gas’ energy-saving renovation, which has resulted in warmer classrooms and cheaper fuel bills, while helping inspire pupils to be more energy efficient. 
It scooped the prize in 2014 after newspaper readers decided it was the most deserving Cornish school to be fitted with green technology.   

Energy transformation 

British Gas carried out an extensive survey of St Wenn to identify which energy-saving measures would most benefit the school.

It had relied on expensive and inefficient electric storage heaters to heat its main building.  

To make the school warmer and cheaper to run, British Gas’ team fitted a biomass boiler, a new heating system and radiators. It was also brought into the 21st century with solar panels and LED lighting, which were fitted throughout the school’s building. 

An interactive monitor was also installed and displays real-time information about the school’s energy use and gives helpful tips to pupils, staff and parents about how to be energy efficient. 

Cheaper bills 

As a result of the work, St Wenn has cut its electricity consumption by more than half, saving around £1,500 a year. 

In addition, the school is receiving around £3,500 a year as it generates and uses renewable energy thanks to the biomass boiler and solar panels. 

Ingrid Bowden, Headteacher at St Wenn said, “St Wenn School is on top of the hill and very exposed, and before the Generation Green makeover it could be freezing in school.  Since the installation of the biomass boiler, the children are always warm and comfortable in school.
“We are a small school but can now have big aspirations for our pupils thanks to the savings made possible by British Gas.”

Abi Robins of British Gas commented: “We’re thrilled St Wenn School is powering ahead thanks to the Generation Green makeover. The school’s benefiting from a warmer building, which is cheaper to run, with technology that helps earn them money too.  

“I’m delighted the energy-saving transformation is also inspiring St Wenn’s pupils to be green, not only in the classroom but in their homes as well.”

Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay, added: “I was delighted to visit St Wenn school today to learn about the energy efficiency measures that have been put in place with the support of British Gas Generation Green scheme. 

“I found the children had a good grasp of the need for saving energy as well as producing power from renewable sources. The Generation Green scheme is not only a great way of helping schools to save money but is also proving to be a very useful educational tool.” 

For more information about Generation Green and to register for free-of-charge learning resources, please visit:


Notes to editors

  • Photo captions:

Image 1: Solar panels on St Wenn School’s roof.

Image 2: St Wenn School pupil, Hannah Haslam-Hopwood with the school’s new boiler. 

Image 3: Steve Double MP with St Wenn School pupils.

  • St Wenn School was awarded the energy makeover following a joint competition between British Gas and the Cornish Guardian. Its readers decided it was the most deserving school in the county to be awarded the energy-saving renovation.
  • British Gas’ Generation Green schools’ programme inspires thousands of children and teachers to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the wider community. 
  • British Gas has invested £2.6 million installing energy-saving equipment for schools through Generation Green during the last two years, helping to save an estimated 750 tonnes of CO2. 

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Simon Feldman

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain – nearly half the country’s homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Homes Services expertise in the country. Find out more at

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