School Pupils Help Rotherham MP Launch College Wind Turbines

Date: 21/01/2015

A group of local school pupils helped local Labour MP and Chair of the Dearne Valley Eco-vision board, John Healey to officially launch two brand new wind turbines at Dearne Valley College’s Manvers campus.

The College held an event to celebrate the launch of the latest additions to the Dearne Valley skyline, with a guest list that included the College’s Senior Leadership Team and Governors, local Councillors, representatives from local contractors, and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, among others.

Principal and Chief Executive at Dearne Valley College, Martin Harrison, gave a welcome speech and thanked the companies involved in the process, including the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, who entirely funded the project, local company Spectrum Energy who installed the Turbines, and College staff who oversaw the project on campus.

Students from local primary schools, who were also in attendance, entered a competition held by the College to name each of the turbines, and to produce a design that will be incorporated into a display situated close to the turbines.

Lacewood Primary School Pupil, Ashton Powney, and Carrfield Primary Academy pupil, Ava-Elise Rebic contributed the winning entries for the turbine naming competition, choosing ‘Aeolus’ after the Greek god of wind, and ‘Windston’ respectively. Eve Kilroy of Gooseacre Primary Academy created the winning design, with all three pupils taking home a certificate and gift voucher for their fantastic efforts.

The winning school pupils also had the honour of assisting local Labour MP, John Healey with the official ribbon-cutting, before joining their peers to take part in an eco-themed tree-planting activity at the College.

Speaking about the additions of the turbines, Dearne Valley College Principal and Chief Executive, Martin Harrison said:

“Not only are the wind turbines a feat of engineering, but they form part of Dearne Valley College’s wider, on-going strategy to improve sustainability and cut our carbon footprint.”

“By producing our own electricity and cutting our reliance on the main grid, we can also invest more of our funds into equipment and materials for our students, and we hope that the addition of these will teach our students, and the wider Dearne Valley community of the importance of sustainability and environmentally-friendly renewable energy.”

Speaking about the event, local Labour MP and Chair of the Dearne Valley Eco-vision, John Healey added:

"This is a ground-breaking and win-win development. It's the first time the Coalfields Trust has linked up with a school or college to share the benefits of wind energy. The college generates power to off-set its bills and the Trust gets the 'tariff' paid for electricity going into the national grid, so they can recycle it into grants for community groups in coalfields areas like ours. I expect we'll see what's now been done in the Dearne copied in other parts of the country.

"It was great to have the three local schools involved in the launch. The pupils clearly knew a lot about wind power, and were really interested in protecting the environment."

For further information about the wind turbines, or to enquire about a variety of courses, Apprenticeships and training opportunities, contact Dearne Valley College on 01709 513355, at, or alternatively you can visit the College’s website at


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