School in running for solar prize

Karen Scott, West Park Primary School's Eco School teacher, with some of the pupils.
Karen Scott, West Park Primary School's Eco School teacher, with some of the pupils.

A Hartlepool primary school hopes to be successful in a competition to create the town’s first Solar School.

West Park Primary School, in Coniscliffe Road, is in the final of this year’s M&S Community Energy competition to win £40,000 of funding.

The school has been leading an online vote as the competition reaches its conclusion and tomorrow is the last day people can support them.

If they can hold on West Park will have a professionally installed solar installation covering the school roof which will generate electricity for at least the next 25 years.

The application was put together by community interest company Hartlepower CIC on behalf of the school.

Headteacher Mandy Hall said the school had worked hard in recent years to become a green flag Eco-School and said to win the competition would be “the jewel in the crown”.

To vote visit either www.hartlepoolsolar.co.uk or www.mandsenergyfund.com/project/28356/