Victoria Primary

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We visit the newly-built Victoria Primary School in Ballyhalbert to see how sustainability initiatives have minimised the building’s carbon footprint.


In April 2008, Victoria Primary School opened the doors to a brand new eco-friendly building. The new school is the first building in the UK to be awarded an ‘A’ grade under the Energy Performance Certificate scheme. It has a number of energy saving measures including a solar panel, a biomass boiler, rainwater harvesting and automatic lights.


School principal Alison Campbell explains the reasons for constructing a new eco-friendly school, and takes us through the sustainable measures which have been incorporated into the new building. We also hear from some of the pupils in the school’s eco-committee about the work they are doing to help look after the environment as part of the Eco-Schools Award Programme, and why they believe this work is so important.


With the construction of a brand new state-of-the-art school building, Victoria Primary School has become an exemplar in sustainability. The energy saving measures throughout the school have raised awareness and encouraged both teachers and pupils to think about the effect they are having on the environment.