Cornwall is on the verge of getting its very first net zero carbon school, following the go-ahead from Cornwall Council for the planning request.
Sky Primary Academy and Eden Project Nursery, which will be located in the West Carclaze Garden Village near St Austell, have been selected as a pioneering project by the Department of Education (DfE) to improve future design of sustainable schools. You can find out more about the garden village here
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The net zero carbon design means the building is expected to use less energy than it can generate annually using on-site renewable energies, such as solar panels. It will also have improved daylighting with more windows; heat pumps for heating and hot water; planting of native pollinators; tree planting and will be easily accessible on foot and by bike from the garden village.
To align with Kernow Learning Trust’s clear outdoor education curriculum, students will also have the opportunity to connect with nature while continuing their learning beyond the classroom, with regular trips to the local beaches, the woods and the Eden project itself.
The school hopes to promote an international and sustainable educational ethic, which “aims to develop children’s understanding, values and attitudes towards sustainability, beyond recycling and energy conservation”.
West Carclaze Garden Village Development Director Dorian Beresford said: “We want to foster an appreciation of the natural world and how to live in it sustainably, instilling in future generations a healthy attitude towards learning, health, food and nutrition, collaboration, equality and happiness, in a safe and inclusive environment. “
Sky Primary Academy will initially be a single entry with 210 places, while an on-site nursery with 26 places will be supported by the Eden Project, offering children the opportunity to spend most of the school day learning in the natural environment. . Approval of the accommodation request, filed in May 2021, would be a key step in the opening of the school for foster and kindergarten children, scheduled for September 2022.
The Sky Primary Academy website states: “The school site is located in the center of West Carclaze Garden Village, north of St Austell, near Penwithick. The school itself will be in the heart of the village center and will play a role in community life. “
He continues: “The school was designed to allow future expansion to the east. This means that as the Garden Village expands and it becomes necessary to have more places for students, additional rooms will be built alongside the first phase to accommodate up to 420 people. children of primary age and a 52-place crèche for 3 and 4 year olds. “
West Carclaze Garden Village is currently in development and will see 1,500 new homes and community facilities built on the old clay site north of St Austell, as part of the government’s plans to create a number of green towns across the country.
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