A HEREFORDSHIRE school has secured a £70,000 grant to install a wind turbine.

The money, donated by the Community Sustainable Energy and Low Carbon Buildings programmes, will mean that Canon Pyon Primary School will save on energy costs and enhance pupils’ education.

The school will now apply for planning permission, which could be secured by the end of the school year in July.

“I am absolutely thrilled and delighted that this project will benefit the children while they are at school and for the rest of their lives,” said headteacher Delyth Francis.

“The pupils have been involved in many energy projects, so the money will be mainly used for educational purposes, but at the same time it will drive things like computers.”

Mark Roberts, chairman of the Friends of Canon Pyon School, said: “We have been working on the project for about six months and, during that time, we have liaised with Marden Primary School, which also has a wind turbine.

“The pupils will be able to see the benefit of natural resources and the turbine will help them in their maths and science lessons.”