Thirty-four academy trusts have received a share of £530 million in government funding aimed at promoting green initiatives. This funding, part of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, will support 222 projects focused on reducing fossil fuel reliance through the installation of heat pumps, solar panels, insulation, and low-energy lighting.

Of the 222 projects, 47 are school-related, with these initiatives securing a combined total of £37 million. Councils account for over 70 funded projects, which may also include school improvements, although specifics were not provided.

The largest individual grant of £4 million was awarded to Benfield School and Sports Centre, part of the NEAT Academy Trust in Newcastle. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership trust received six grants totaling just over £2 million, benefiting multiple schools within its network.

Significant grants were also awarded to larger trusts, including £1.6 million to United Learning’s Barnsley Academy, £1.2 million to Star Academies, and £516,000 to the Elliot Foundation Academies Trust. These projects are set to be completed over the next two years.

Impact of Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme on schools

Launched in 2020, the £2.5 billion Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme has already funded over 1,000 projects. The government has pledged to spend more than £12 billion on energy efficiency by 2028. The current projects are part of phase three of the scheme.

Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance Lord Callanan said, “From school corridors to the businesses that power up our economy, we want to make sure buildings of all shapes and sizes are supported to deliver net zero… we are standing steadfast behind our public sector and local businesses, providing the help they need to make the switch to cleaner, homegrown energy.”

Full list of schools receiving PSDS grants

NEAT Academy Trust: Benfield School and Sports Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne £4,062,807
Wickersley Partnership Trust, Durham £833,051
Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust: St Mary’s Primary School, Knaresborough £134,048
Church of England Diocese of Leeds: St Peters Church of England Burmantofts Primary School £221,006
Coast and Vale Learning Trust: Filey School, North Yorkshire £1,978,268
Impact Education Multi Academy Trust: Newsome Academy, Huddersfield £778,649
Owlcotes Multi Academy Trust: Pudsey Waterloo Primary School, Leeds £517,267
United Learning Trust: Barnsley Academy £1,610,358
Wellspring Academy Trust £223,453
Liverpool Joint Catholic and Church of England Academies Trust: The Academy of St Francis of Assisi, Liverpool £807,222
Sea View Trust, Blackpool £2,252,786
True Learning Partnership, Stockport £2,459,518
Archway Learning Trust: Bluecoat Aspley Academy, Nottingham £1,636,792
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi Academy Trust, Nottingham £1,170,000
Birmingham Diocesan Multi Academy Trust £597,726
Leigh Trust: Marlborough Primary School, Birmingham £1,202,431
Active Learning Trust: Kingsfield Primary School, Cambridgeshire £310,708
Atlas Multi Academy Trust: Adeyfield Academy, Hertfordshire £1,001,727
Danes Educational Trust, Hertfordshire £127,145
Sigma Trust: Stanway School, Essex £252,914
Acer Trust: Wood Green Secondary School, Oxfordshire £1,138,720
Aletheia Academies Trust: Stone St Marys School, Dartford £580,878
Bosco Catholic Education Trust: St. Paul’s Catholic College, Sussex £561,000
Diocese of Chichester £534,491
Diocese of Portsmouth and Winchester £184,521
Hook Norton Church of England Primary School, Banbury £196,348
Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership: More Park Catholic Primary School, West Malling £134,375
Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership: Our Lady of Hartley Catholic Primary School, Hartley £183,613
Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership: St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Aylesham £191,500
Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership: Stella Maris Catholic Primary School, Folkestone £220,308
Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership: St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, Margate £285,336
Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership: St Simon Stock Catholic School, Maidstone £1,038,762
Oxford Diocesan Board of Education £792,075
Royal Latin School, Buckingham £185,763
Aspire Academy Trust: Mount Hawke Academy, Cornwall £201,118
Cornwall Education Learning Trust £79,789
Gloucester Diocesan Board of Education £220,104
Olympus Academy Trust, Bristol £637,983
Queen’s Park Infant Academy, Dorset £441,235
Salisbury Board of Education: Coombe Bissett Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Wiltshire £75,111
Salisbury Board of Education: St George’s Primary School, Dorset £65,255
Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust: All Saints Academy, Plymouth £674,275
Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, Devon £1,824,000
Bridge Academy Trust: The Bridge Primary School, Islington £879,428
Elliot Foundation Academies Trust £516,340
River Learning Trust £1,771,854
Star Academies £1,217,388

To see how we’ve supplied and installed LED lighting at more than 70 locations, with a total project value of around £6m from PSDS phase one, take a look at our case study here.

Recommended Posts