PUPILS have been cracking down on wasted electricity after signing up to a national green initiative.
The Eco-Committee at Westleigh High School has been patrolling classrooms and clamping down on signs of rising carbon footprints during their recent Switch-Off Fortnight.
The 34 pupils on the committee have even been allowed to scold teachers for leaving classroom lights on and not shutting down computers properly.
The school’s new eco-warriors have been assisted in their war on waste by environmental regeneration charity Groundwork and campaign organisers The Pod, part of energy giant EDF.
Westleigh teacher Mark Swannell said: “It makes a lot of sense for the school as well as the environment. The school is working towards lowering its carbon footprint and, from a financial perspective, it will lower our energy bills too.”
The role of undercover auditors is certainly one which has gone down well with Westleigh pupils.
Eco captain Jade Walker, 14, said: “Switch-Off Fortnight is about saving power and helping your planet. We also get to tell the teachers off if they leave their lights on!”
Mike O’Brien from Groundwork said: “The team at Westleigh have really got the message out, but the switch-off means more than just thinking about saving energy for two weeks, it’s a long-term commitment.”