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Head teacher turns off school heating in 'eco day' experiment

08/12/2011 Joanna
A head teacher in Somerset has courted controversy by turning off his school's heating as part of an 'eco day' designed to teach children about reducing their carbon footprint.

Students at Castle Cary's Ansford Academy wore extra jumpers and coats and some pulled on gloves as temperatures dropped as low as 1C on one of the coldest days of the year, the Daily Mail reported.

The idea was generated by some of the schools 640 pupils who are members of the school's eco-group.

Head teacher Rob Benzie branded the day a success, saying that in some instances the school has to turn down heating as children get too sleepy.

"We gave letters to pupils to take home to their parents informing them about the eco day," he told the newspaper.

"We only had one complaint and that came from a member of staff but they just got on with it in the end."

Not everybody was happy with the experiment however, with one teacher saying that many of the children were complaining and could not work properly as they could not grip pens through their gloves.

Ansford Academy employs 40 teaching staff and 30 support staff while around 100 of its students come from outside its catchment area.

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