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Taunton School has been recognised for its environmental achievement with a Green Award

The Green Award for Environmental Achievement recognises the innovative ways in which a school is striving to reduce its carbon footprint, whilst demonstrating a positive student experience. It was awarded following on from the success of ‘Zero to Landfill’ campaign, where all waste produce by the school is recycled - the first school in Somerset to do this.

Taunton School have gone a step further and have now introduced a revolutionary environmentally-friendly cleaning product, supplied by Purozo - a company run by a former student. The non-chemical product turns normal tap water into a powerful cleaner and sanitiser, killing up to 99.999% of harmful bacteria. The system has been installed around the school, and is now in use as part of the cleaning regime across the campus, including boarding houses, classrooms and communal areas. This system is currently used by the likes of industry giants such as Disney, Heathrow, Wembley and Google.

The technology allows the oxygen in ordinary tap water to be safely and temporarily converted into a powerful cleaner. Incredibly, the product safely converts back to ordinary tap water after approximately six days. It is very safe and effective with no toxins, carcinogens, or chemical residue. Something which is of paramount importance at a school.

Read more at: https://www.tauntonschool.co.uk/news-events/news/2019/june/taunton-school-wins-environmental-award/

Head of Edinburgh private school Fettes quits after two years

Parents from Fettes College, in Edinburgh, have been informed that Geoffrey Stanford is to leave the job following discussions with the school’s board of governors on its "future strategic focus".

It is understood the move comes after a disagreement over whether new pupils who wanted to join Fettes at S4 or later would have to board.

Currently those who come to the school at a later stage have the option of either boarding or joining as a day pupil, but Mr Stanford thought they should be offered a boarding-only option.

Pupils who join the school earlier have both boarding and day options.

Helen Harrison, deputy head at Fettes for over ten years, will become head for a minimum period of two years to "ensure ongoing stability and continuity for students, staff and parents alike", the email to parents states.

She will be the first female head in the school's 150 year history.

Read more at: https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17683260.head-of-edinburgh-private-school-fettes-quits-after-two-years/