Green Issues

Dauntsey's and the Environment.

At Dauntsey's environmental issues are high on our agenda and our aim is to embed sustainable principles into the heart of school life. We are keen to reduce our carbon footprint, live a bit greener and do our bit to tackle climate change.

Pupils are encouraged to become aware of their impact on the environment and are actively involved in energy conservation and the collection of recycled materials around the school. Green issues are raised and discussed through various curriculum subjects and extra-curricular activities.

The Big Green Thing (BGT) is a pupil society set up to raise awareness of green issues. It promotes good environmental practice across the whole school community and is the major driving force behind a number of recent projects.

Our eco society, The Big Green Thing, brings together the adventurous and intellectual, using creativity, research, persistence and problem-solving not only to reduce the School’s carbon footprint but also to campaign on issues of national and international significance." James O'Hanlon - Head of the BGT

In 2012, a tree planting programme saw 3,000 saplings of native species  planted around the Mercers' Field site, to provide landscaping for the sports facilities and car park as well as new habitats for a range of wildlife.

Heat from waste

The BGT were once again the driving force behind the introduction, in 2010, of a biomass digester, which turns our food waste into powdered bio-fuel that can be fed into a biomass boiler. This, in turn, heats the sports hall and swimming pool complex as well as one of our boarding houses. It will also will contribute to heating the new Maths and Geography block when this is completed in June 2016.

It has been such a success that 2014 saw the installation of a second biomass boiler at The Manor, our junior boarding house. It uses sustainable wood pellets that generate heat and hot water.

Solar Panels

In 2008, the newly-founded BGT persuaded the School to invest in ten thermal solar panels to heat the swimming pool showers. It was the start of a move towards renewable energy that has seen photo-voltaic panels installed on one of the boarding houses, the sports hall and swimming pool complex as well as the Memorial Hall.

During daylight hours when energy needs peak, these generate a maximum 138 kilowatts – and offset our electrical consumption.