This week, Tom visited Harris Academy in Sutton, the first Passivhaus energy efficient secondary school in the country. The groundbreaking school is a leader, not only in environmental friendliness and sustainability, but also science.
A part of the proposed London Cancer Hub, the £40 million school building was created to be highly energy efficient and serve their students well in a healthy school. Their new building, which opened at the start of the term, is the first school to meet the Passivhaus energy performance standard. Large investments were also made in their large performing arts space and sports hall.
Tom Brake, Lib Dem candidate for Carshalton and Wallington said:
“I was thrilled to visit Harris Academy in Belmont and discuss their new facilities and schooling in the borough. The new school is a great addition to our community, encouraging a green future for our children and has lively well-informed pupils who quizzed me on issues ranging from knife-crime to the threat posed by Uber to black cabs.
“The school promotes the highest standards for schooling and energy efficiency. It should serve as a model for future investment in schools in the area.
“Supporting education and the environment is of the utmost importance, which is why the Lib Dems are so committed to these causes. Investment in the environment and education is crucial for a better future for both our children and our country.”