Primary school in Finsbury Park praised for solar power
Jenny Jones, centre, with headteacher Greg Crawford and environment teacher Sophia Ioannou.
Published: 18 July, 2014
by ANDREW JOHNSON
FRESH from visiting Prince Charles’s house earlier this month to pick up an award for nature conservation, children at Pooles Park Primary School, in Finsbury Park, were visited by London Assembly Green member Jenny Jones, who wanted some tips on solar power.
Ms Jones met headteacher Greg Crawford and environment teacher Sophia Ioannou on Monday before being shown the school’s rooftop solar panels, which generate a fifth of its electricity needs.
“Pooles Park is a showcase of innovation and forward thinking, with pupils taking an active part in monitoring how much energy their solar panels are producing,” she said. “And unlike the overwhelming majority of schools in London they are cutting their electricity bills thanks to the solar panels.
“All schools in London should be encouraged to turn their empty and underused rooftops into solar power stations. That is why I have urged the Mayor of London to take a prominent role in kick-starting a solar revolution and forming a City Hall dedicated team to help overworked school heads and staff to overcome any bureaucratic and practical obstacles.”