Become a more eco-friendly, sustainable school

Worried about ever increasing energy bills in your school? Want to become a more eco-friendly, sustainable school but not sure where to start? Then the LESS CO2  programme is for you!

LESS CO2 focuses on energy and carbon savings, making our schools more sustainable through simple behavioural changes and retrofits.

LESS CO2 links schools within an area together into a geographically close ‘cluster’. Each cluster brings together teachers, bursars and school managers for a year-long energy saving programme that includes workshops covering energy saving, from recording meter readings to behaviour change for staff and students, and incorporating energy-related sustainability issues into the curriculum.

The sessions are typically led by teachers or representatives from schools that have won an Ashden Award. We know that schools learn best from hearing the experiences of other schools – this is the key to the success of LESS CO2.

As well as saving energy and money, LESS CO2 helps children in primary and secondary schools take more responsibility in the running of their school and makes students and staff more aware of the impact they have, through the use of energy, on the environment.

Visit our new FREE online teaching resources to help you learn about sustainability at school or at home.

Participating in the LESS CO2 workshops has been really beneficial for our school. It has helped us to focus on some key behavioural changes to drive cost savings and reduce wastage. I would recommend to other schools.

Primary School Business Manager, Brighton LESS CO2 cluster

How to get involved

Information for schools

As an individual school, there are a number of options of how to be part of the LESS CO2 programme. This may depend on whether an existing cluster is active in your area, or if not, whether you can start your own cluster with other neighbouring schools.

Register interest

Information for academies

We can set up a bespoke cluster exclusively for the schools under your management, or for your Multi Academy Trust (MAT).   Register your interest below and we will get in touch to discuss your specific requirements.

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Case study

Thornhill Primary School  / Young eco warriors make big energy savings

Thornhill Primary School’s crack squad of student eco-warriors keep energy wastage to a minimum with their spot checks on whether lights and appliances have been left on in the classroom. The school’s willingness to trial new ideas and share the results with others, along with its determination to reduce carbon to the absolute minimum, is what makes it the first Welsh school to win an Ashden Sustainable School Award.

Schools taking part

South East


  • Eastwood Primary School
  • Edwards Hall Primary School
  • Heycroft Primary School
  • Hinguar Primary School and Nursery
  • St Marys C of E Primary School
  • Temple Sutton Primary School


  • Ashford Park Primary School
  • Beaufort Primary School
  • Castle Hill Infant School
  • Charlwood Village Infant School
  • Christ's College Guildford
  • Cove Infant School
  • Cranford Park CE Primary School
  • Crawley Ridge Junior School
  • Godstone Village School
  • Heatherside junior School
  • Horley Infant School
  • Knaphill Lower School
  • Meadow Primary School
  • New Monument Primary Academy
  • St Bartholomew's C of E Primary School
  • St James C of E Primary School
  • St John the Baptist School
  • St Martin's Junior School
  • St Peter's C of E Primary School
  • St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School
  • The Grove Primary School
  • The Hawthorns
  • Walsh C of E Junior School
  • Walton Leigh School
  • Waverley Abbey C of E Junior School
  • Westfield Primary School
  • William Cobbett Junior School
  • Woodlands SLD School
  • Woodlands school
  • Woodlea Primary School


  • Acland Burghley School
  • Eleanor Palmer Primary School
  • Emmanuel CofE Primary School
  • Gillespie Primary School
  • Highbury Fields School
  • Highbury Grove
  • La Sainte Union Catholic School
  • Parliament Hill School
  • Queen's Park Primary School
  • Rhyl Primary School
  • St Aloysius Junior School
  • Torriano Primary School
  • Central Foundation Girls' School
  • L'Ecole de Battersea 
  • St Angela's Ursuline School


  • Bernards Heath Infant School
  • Bernards Heath Junior School
  • Camp Primary and Nursery School
  • Crabtree Infants' School
  • Heathlands School
  • Middleton School
  • Sir John Lawes School
  • St Albans Girls' School



  • Avenue Primary School
  • Charnwood Primary School
  • Linden Primary School
  • Medway Primary School
  • Mellor Primary School
  • Overdale Junior School
  • Rolleston Primary School
  • Scraptoft Valley Primary School
  • Sparkenhoe Primary
  • Uplands Junior School
  • Babington Community College
  • Crown Hills Community College
  • Ellesmere College
  • Madani School Federation
  • Moat Community College
  • New College Leicester
  • Rushey Mead School
  • Sir Jonathan North Community College
  • Braunstone Frith Primary School
  • Bridge Junior School
  • English Martyrs Catholic School
  • Eyres Monsell Primary School
  • Eyres Monsell Primary School
  • Highfields Primary
  • Moat Community College
  • Rushey Mead Primary School
  • Sandfield Close Primary School
  • Shaftesbury Junior School
  • Stokes Wood
  • Uplands Infant School 
  • Willowbrook Primary Academy
  • Beauchamp College
  • Christ the King Catholic Primary School 
  • Evington Valley Primary School 
  • Fosse Primary School 
  • Green Lane Infant School 
  • Inglehurst Junior School 
  • Rushey Mead Primary School 
  • Willow Bank Children's Hospital School 
  • Wyvern Primary School


  • Abbey Road Primary School
  • Rushcliffe School
  • Albany Infant School
  • Albany Junior School
  • Alderman White Bramcote College
  • Crossdale Drive Primary School
  • Flintham Primary School
  • Killisick Junior School
  • The William Allitt School


  • St Philip Neri with St Bede Catholic Voluntary Academy
  • Sutton Road Primary School & Nursery
  • The Flying High Academy
  • Vision Studio School
  • Asquith Primary School
  • Wynndale Primary School
  • Berry Hill Primary School
  • Oak Tree Primary School

West Bridgford

  • The West Bridgford School


  • Sutton Community Academy


  • Blossomfield Infant School
  • Cranmore Infant School
  • Dorridge Primary School
  • Haslucks Green Junior School
  • Our Lady of Wayside Catholic Primary School
  • Reynalds Cross School
  • Burman Infant School
  • Castle Bromwich Junior School 
  • Chapel Fields Junior School 
  • Fordbridge Community Primary School 
  • Lady Katherine Leveson CE Primary School 
  • Langley Primary School 
  • Monkspath Junior and Infant School 
  • Tidbury Green School



  • Bishop Childs Church in Wales Primary School
  • Bryn Celyn Primary
  • Coed Glas Primary
  • Glyncoed Primary
  • Grangetown Primary
  • Greenway Primary School
  • Roath Park Primary
  • Springwood Primary school
  • Stacey Primary School, Roath
  • Storey Arms Outdoor Education Centre
  • Trowbridge Primary School
  • Ysgol Gymraeg Coed y Gof
  • Ysgol Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd
  • Ysgol Pen y Pil Ysgol Pwll Coch

South West

  • Budehaven School, Bude
  • South Molton Community College, South Molton
  • Gwinear school, Cornwall
  • Launceston Junior infants
  • Mawgan-in-Pyder School
  • Mullion School, Helston
  • St Columb Major
  • Trevisker school, Wadebridge
  • Chagford Primary School, Newton Abbot
  • Chulmleigh Community College
  • Okehampton Primary
  • Queen Elizabeth's Academy Trust, Crediton
  • Queen Elizabeth's Community College
  • Tavistock College
  • Chagford Primary School
  • Plymstock School
  • Tavistock College
  • Bideford College
  • Boasly Cross Primary School
  • Bodmin College
  • Cape Cornwall Clyst Vale Community College
  • Devonport High School for Boys
  • Doddiscombsleigh Community School
  • Lydford Primary School
  • Mabe School
  • South Petherwin St. Issey School
  • Stoke Hill Junior School
  • Treviglas Community College
  • Veryan CofE Primary School
  • Cullompton Community College
  • Great Torrington School
  • King Edward Vi Community College, Totnes 
  • Kings College, Taunton
  • Kingsbridge Community College
  • Launceston College, Launceston
  • South Dartmoor Community College, Ashburton
  • The Park Community School, Barnstaple
  • Waycroft Academy, Bristol
  • West Exe School, Exeter
  • Axe Valley Community College, Axminster
  • Braunton Academy, Braunton
  • Brixham College, Brixham
  • Exmouth Community College, Exmouth
  • Mount Kelly school, Tavistock
  • Trinity School, Teignmouth
  • WESC Foundation, Exeter 
  • Templer Academy Schools Trust (TAST)
  • Teign School, Kingsteignton
  • Coombeshead Academy, N. Abbot
  • Rydon Primary School, Kingsteignton
  • Christow Primary School, Christow
  • Highweek Primary & Nursery School, Newton Abbot
  • Horrabridge Primary & Nursery School, Horrabridg
  • Newton Abbot College, Newton Abbot
  • Lipson Co-operative Academy, Plymouth
  • Plymstock School, Plymouth
  • Stoke Damerel Community College, Plymout
  • Teignmouth Community School, Teignmout
  • Torrington Bluecoat C of E Primary School, Great Torrington


  • Greenfield E-ACT Primary Academy
  • Knowle DGE School
  • Parson Street Primary School
  • Southville Primary
  • Torwood House School
  • Victoria Park Primary School
  • Bristol Gateway School
  • Filton Avenue Primary School 
  • Fonthill Primary School 
  • Henbury Court Primary Academy 
  • Little Mead Primary Academy 
  • Woodstock School



  • Brackenbury Primary School, Portslade 
  • Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Hove
  • Carlton Hill Primary School, Brighton
  • Cottesmore St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Hove
  • Elm Grove Primary School, Brighton
  • Hove Junior School, Hove
  • Mile Oak Primary, Brighton West Blatchington
  • Primary School, Hove
  • Beacon Community College, Crowborough
  • Chailey School, Lewes
  • Longhill High School, Brighton
  • Patcham High School, Brighton
  • Priory School, Lewes
  • Ringmer Academy, Lewes

East Sussex

  • All Saints CE Primary School, Bexhill
  • Chiddingly Primary School, Lewes
  • East Hoathly C/E Primary School, Lewes
  • Laughton Community Primary School, Lewes
  • Glenleigh Park Primary Academy, Bexhill-on-Sea  
  • Harbour Primary & Nursery School, Newhaven
  • Ocklynge Junior, Eastbourne                              
  • Parkside Community Primary School, Heathfield
  • Pevensey & Westham CEP School, Westham
  • St Catherine's College, Eastbourne
  • St Pancras Catholic Primary School, Lewes
  • The Haven VA CE/Methodist Primary School, Eastbourne
  • Park Mead Primary School, Hailsham
  • Rocks Park Primary School, Uckfield
  • Rotherfield Primary School, Rotherfield
  • Uckfield Community Technology College, Uckfield
  • Uplands Community College, Wadhurst
  • Cradle Hill Community Primary School
  • Ditchling St Margaret's CE Primary School 
  • Guestling-Bradshaw CEP School 
  • Harlands Primary School and Nursery 
  • Polegate Primary School 
  • Seaford Head School 
  • Willingdon Community School



  • Arnold Hill Academy
  • Phillimore Community Primary School
  • St Thomas Of Canterbury School


  • Broadoak Primary School
  • Chorlton High School
  • Greave Primary School
  • Heald Place Primary School
  • Manchester Creative and Media Academy
  • Newall Green High School
  • River View Primary School
  • St Augustine's CE Primary School 
  • St Mary's R.C. Primary School