The super eco-friendly Brook Green Centre for Learning, in Plymouth, will hold its grand opening on Thursday, November 18. The ceremony will be attended by hero and servicewoman Kate Nesbitt, recently honoured for saving a fellow soldier’s life in Afghanistan.
Kate, who is from Whitleigh, is the first female member of the British Royal Navy and the second woman in the British Armed Forces to be awarded the Military Cross after administering emergency medical treatment to a fellow soldier while under fire from Taliban forces.
The £5.5 million building uses natural light, solar power, rainfall and water heated by the earth to cut electricity bills. Other features which give it its green credentials include its thermally insulated building, which uses recycled insulation, its locally sourced and natural materials and its ability to use renewable solar thermal energy to supply over 80 per cent of its hot water.
School head teacher Cliff Edwards said: “We are delighted that Kate Nesbitt is performing the opening of the school because she personifies all that is good about human nature. She is also a tremendous role model for the young people of Plymouth of what can be achieved. The foresight that the local authority, both officers and councillors had in investing in what was Hillside School has been rewarded with a huge number of successes which the staff and students have achieved since the school opened.”