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Building a ‘fossil-free’ school

A new school build? Powered only by clean, community-led renewable energy? Matthew Shotton describes an ambitious project to build a fossil-free all-through school


At the start of this school year Glebe Farm School opened its doors to 250 children, a number that will eventually rise to more than 1,530. As an all-through school, children can enter at Reception and stay all the way through to year 11.

Our school is Milton Keynes’ first fossil-free new-build school and was funded by Milton Keynes City Council. This article outlines what we set out to achieve, how we went about it, changes made on the way, and our “lessons learned” for other schools.


The plan

Our vision for the children and young people we teach, their parents and carers, and the wider communities we support, is to deliver an exceptional 21st century, comprehensive and universal all-through learning experience.

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