Duchess of Cornwall to visit Ringmer Community College

Duchess of Cornwall at Plumpton College in March 2013
Duchess of Cornwall at Plumpton College in March 2013

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form on Tuesday (May 13) - her fourth engagement this year in East Sussexs.

She will meet students and learn about their environmental work.

There are 220 ‘Eco Reps’ in the college who undertake extensive recycling andenergy monitoring as well as reminding teaching staff to reduce paper usage and energy waste.

These students have also led workshops with other schools to show how to reduce energy and waste. The college has 7.5Kw photovoltaic panels and 2.5Kw wind turbines to help supply electricity to the school; they are also used as a teaching aid. The Sixth Form block was built with ecology in mind and ground source heat pumps were included to provide energy.

In the last few years the school has installed a rainwater harvesting system to flush the lavatories; this saves eight litres of drinking water per flush.

The construction of a 450Kw biomass boiler will complete the school’s range of renewables.

The college currently recycles around 110 tonnes of material a year including paper, cardboard, cans, plastic, vegetable oil, phones, ink cartridges and even lost property.

The college won an Ashden Award in 2008, as well as awards from the Energy Institute and DCSF Teaching, for its work on energy saving. It was one of two to be selected to represent secondary education at HRH The Prince of Wales’ Start Exhibition, which aimed to promote practical sustainable living. The college has also become an Ambassador Eco School.