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BRIGHTON SCHOOL LEADS THE FUTURE OF MOTION CAPTURE

Technology suite enables next generation of visual effects artists


A Brighton school is leading the UK with the most sophisticated Motion Capture suite of educational facilities in the country. The Institute for Contemporary Theatre (ICTheatre) is one of the UK’s most advanced educational institutions for theatre, film and the arts. The newly installed motion capture suite allows students to create realistic holograms of performers.

 

Motion Capture has received global acclaim with the launch of ABBA Voyage. Abba performed in motion capture suits for five weeks and used more than 160 cameras that scanned their movements and their facial expressions. The motion capture technology works by creating reference points on the body which can then be used by visual effects artists to create avatars.

 

ICTheatre runs regular Motion Capture workshops for students at its campus in Portslade.

 

ICTheatre Patron Julian Stoneman managed/produced Billy Elliot, Rock of Ages and has won Laurence Olivier, Tony and WhatsOnStage Awards. He was also instrumental in bringing ABBA’s Mamma Mia the musical to the stage. He said; “It is more important than ever to be future forward and equip young people to work in the broad business of theatre and film. With an emphasis on the film industry, ICTheatre’s Motion Capture Suite is a powerful resource in creating the next generation of visual effects artists who are going to pioneer Motion Capture in the future. We are at the start of an incredibly exciting time with this technology which is going to revolutionise some elements of live performance and expand the possibilities of what we have imagined before.”

Mia Bird, Founder and Creative Director of ICTheatre said; “Our students start to work in front of the camera from week one, they spend time learning in our Motion Capture Suite, they engage with a range of vocal and physical styles, they have voice-over classes, work on their own podcasts, do applied and immersive theatre. All this is not offered at the expense of rigorous training, they still have a thorough training in the core elements, however we need to make sure that our students graduate with skills that will find them employment. We run regular workshops and taster sessions so that young people can come in and experiment with motion capture and get a unique insight into how it works.”

 

ICTheatre empowers people who want to work in the vast world of theatre & film. Throughout her years of being a performing arts training specialist, Mia Bird observed that gifted graduates were ill equipped with life and mental resilience skills needed to find their own way to build a fulfilling career in the industry and that sufficient industry connections had not been made throughout their training.

 

Through regular industry advisory panels with leading experts, ICTheatre (previously known as BRICTT) is built on excellent traditions of training but its courses are developed to stimulate fresh skills that speak to the industry as it is today. Created by the industry for the industry, ICTheatre equips students with entrepreneurial skills, mental resilience strategies, and the confidence to value what they have to offer and to promote themselves. Industry professionals regularly lead classes. Recent examples include Franny Rafferty and Ed Burnside, Associate Directors of SIX and MATILDA, who directed the BA3 musicals for our recent graduates.

 

For more information, please contact Helen Trevorrow or Vicky Hague on 0794 000 9138 or email helen@greenrow.co.uk

 

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UK schools warned to take action ahead of summer crime spate

Schools across the UK are being warned to take precautions amid fears of a rise in crime over the summer holidays as cost of living soars.  

 

As many schools across the country prepare to close their doors for the summer holidays, specialist insurer Ecclesiastical says schools will be an attractive target for criminals over the coming months.

 

Ecclesiastical has reported an uptick in schools being targeted over the summer months including vandalism, arson, break-ins, smashed windows, theft of lead from roofs and stolen laptops. In April, The British School1 in Wotton-under-Edge had lead from the roof stolen for a second time in two years.

 

Now with Covid-19 restrictions lifted and against a challenging economic backdrop and soaring prices, there are worries there will be a large spike in criminal activity.

 

Faith Kitchen, customer segment director at Ecclesiastical Insurance, said: “Schools are far more vulnerable during the summer holidays when school buildings are closed and largely unoccupied, tempting opportunists. It is vital that schools take steps to protect their premises from unscrupulous offenders. There are a number of measures schools can take to better secure school property and assets, which would ideally be a combination of both physical and electronic protection. Fencing around the perimeter can often offer a good first line of defence against unwanted visitors, while CCTV can act as a visual deterrent for those not wanting to be caught on camera. We urge schools across the country take steps to protect themselves from criminals and follow our guidance.”

 

How to protect schools this summer

 

  • Ensure CCTV systems have remote 24/7 monitoring services. Monitoring and alerting the police is far more effective than tracing criminals after a crime has taken place.
  • Install remotely monitored intruder alarms and change alarm security codes and passwords on a regular basis.
  • Install security lighting systems that have motion sensors to detect body movements.
  • Restrict access to school premises. Well-designed perimeter security such as walls, fences and electric security gates, and anti-climb paint help to prevent people from getting onto school sites.
  • Restrict vehicular access to the school site. Locate any designated parking as far from the school building as possible. The further thieves have to travel on foot the greater the risk of detection.
  • Use security marking systems such as SmartWater which can help with successful prosecution of thieves.
  • Ask the local community near your school to be vigilant and report any unusual or suspicious activity they notice on school grounds.
  • Inform neighbourhood watch schemes / police liaison officers of planned work over the holidays as thieves might pose as contractors.
  • Seek advice. Specialist insurers can offer advice and expertise to help schools manage security risks. Insurers can offer a combination of onsite and remote risk management services including security assessments and advice, alongside broader property protection and building valuation services. 

Ecclesiastical Insurance offers a range of risk management support and guidance to help schools manage the risks they face. For more information, visit the Hub for Education.

 

Nottingham Pupils Sparkle in National School Assembly

Nottingham pupils had a starring role in a national assembly which was broadcast live to hundreds of schools across the UK recently.

 

Students from Oak Field School and Middleton Primary and Nursery School in Nottingham took part in the assembly for RSE Day – an annual event which celebrates health and relationships education in schools. 

 

Organised by Nottingham City Council and Discovery Education, the theme of this year’s RSE Day was ‘Celebrating Differences – Everyone Can Sparkle’. Nottingham students led the assembly by sharing their thoughts on diversity and how we should all celebrate what makes us unique. 

 

The assembly was watched by students across the country, with many schools holding celebrations in their classrooms. Taking inspiration from the broadcast, students were encouraged to get involved by writing or drawing ‘What Makes Me Sparkle’, and sharing their work online. 

 

Tom Hall, teacher at Oak Field School in Nottingham said:

 

“Our students really enjoyed RSE Day! We hosted lots of exciting activities around expressing ourselves and thinking about what makes us sparkle! We had special guest readers including a local councillor, a ‘Just Dance’ station, a ‘Dress to Express’ area and self-portraits. The students even made their very own ‘Oak Field stars’ to show us what makes them sparkle! It was a wonderful day and I felt very proud of our students.”

 

Mark Brumwell, Headteacher at Middleton Primary and Nursery School in Nottingham said:

 

“RSE Day was a fabulous way to encourage children to think about their own positive qualities, whilst noticing and valuing those of their peers. As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, the opportunity to celebrate diversity and children’s individuality – showing how every child does indeed ‘sparkle’ – was one we fully embraced.”

 

Councillor Cheryl Barnard, Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People and Schools at Nottingham City Council, said: 

 

“RSE Day is now an annual event celebrated by schools right across the country and I’m so proud that it started four years ago here in Nottingham.  I was lucky enough to visit Middleton Primary and Woodlands Special School on the day and observe the creative activities children were involved in.”

 

“We know from our on-going work with headteachers how important this is for children and young people in terms of highlighting the need for safe and healthy relationships. The lessons in schools are all age-appropriate and pupils are taught by experienced staff who understand how to deliver these messages.”

 

Howard Lewis, Discovery Education’s Managing Director UK and International said:

 

“Discovery Education is delighted to support RSE Day 2022, an important event which encourages students to value and respect diversity. We’re proud to help teachers deliver these important topics through our Health and Relationships programme, which supports schools to deliver the primary RSE curriculum with confidence.” 

 

Schools can find out more about RSE Day at www.rseday.co.uk. And explore Discovery Education’s Health and Relationships programme at www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/rse.

 

Amazon announce new virtual class tour dates after reaching over 20,000 students in their first year

Following last year’s hugely successful series of free Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours, Amazon has announced new tour dates aimed to educate students on the opportunities available to them in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers. The tours are part of Amazon Future Engineer, a purpose-led childhood-to-career programme built to inspire, educate and enable children and young adults from lower-income backgrounds to try computer science.

 

The Virtual Fulfilment Centre Tours, attended by over 20,000 students in 2021, are available to all primary and secondary schools across the UK, and are an engaging way to demonstrate the future world of work. Additionally, the free tours enable teachers to immerse their class in real-world learning without having to leave the classroom with the school trip style Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours from Amazon. 

 

On the tours, students will discover how computer science, state-of-the-art engineering and Amazon’s incredible employees all play a critical part in delivering customer orders every day. The tours provide a snapshot into the inner workings of Amazon Fulfilment Centres and cover key engineering concepts that demonstrate what a career in STEM could look like for them. Students are also exposed to fun facts about how packages get from the delivery room to their doorstep. Each tour lasts 45 minutes and is followed by a live 15-minute Q&A session with an Amazon employee. 

 

So that teachers can continue to embed this learning, they can also download a free resource-based toolkit which can be incorporated into any classroom activity before or after the virtual tour. It enables teachers to engage their students using interactive curriculum-linked slides, worksheets and videos, covering all the key concepts for your class, from learning outcomes to core computer science vocabulary.

 

Schools can book a Virtual Fulfilment Centre tour for free by visiting: www.amazonfutureengineer.co.uk

 

Amazon Future Engineer and the Virtual Fulfilment Centre school tours were established in response to research commissioned by Amazon in 2019 on the growing importance of STEM. The report found that the UK risks losing out on an estimated £33 billion a year due to a potential skill shortage. To meet annual labour demands, the country needs an additional 38,000 workers with computer science-related skills, including 21,000 computer science graduates. 

 

Teacher advocacy

 

Dennis Stansbury Alexa UK Country Manager, said: “Our Amazon Future Engineer programme has been specially designed to inspire future generations – especially those from all backgrounds – about a truly fulfilling career in STEM. We launched our Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours just 12 months ago to great success. We have now launched a new programme for 2022. New dates are announced mid-month, every month. Schools, please do consider signing up for one of our free tours. Together, we can make a difference.” 

 

The Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours are a great pre-summer break activity that allows teachers to provide students with a real world fun, engaging and relevant learning experience. Sign up today and book a tour for you and your class to get them excited about what a career in STEM looks like. Visit www.amazonfutureengineer.co.uk

 

Amazon announce new virtual class tour dates after reaching over 20,000 students in their first year

Following last year’s hugely successful series of free Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours, Amazon has announced new tour dates aimed to educate students on the opportunities available to them in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers. The tours are part of Amazon Future Engineer, a purpose-led childhood-to-career programme built to inspire, educate and enable children and young adults from lower-income backgrounds to try computer science.

 

The Virtual Fulfilment Centre Tours, attended by over 20,000 students in 2021, are available to all primary and secondary schools across the UK, and are an engaging way to demonstrate the future world of work. Additionally, the free tours enable teachers to immerse their class in real-world learning without having to leave the classroom with the school trip style Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours from Amazon. 

 

On the tours, students will discover how computer science, state-of-the-art engineering and Amazon’s incredible employees all play a critical part in delivering customer orders every day. The tours provide a snapshot into the inner workings of Amazon Fulfilment Centres and cover key engineering concepts that demonstrate what a career in STEM could look like for them. Students are also exposed to fun facts about how packages get from the delivery room to their doorstep. Each tour lasts 45 minutes and is followed by a live 15-minute Q&A session with an Amazon employee. 

 

So that teachers can continue to embed this learning, they can also download a free resource-based toolkit which can be incorporated into any classroom activity before or after the virtual tour. It enables teachers to engage their students using interactive curriculum-linked slides, worksheets and videos, covering all the key concepts for your class, from learning outcomes to core computer science vocabulary.

 

Schools can book a Virtual Fulfilment Centre tour for free by visiting: www.amazonfutureengineer.co.uk

 

Amazon Future Engineer and the Virtual Fulfilment Centre school tours were established in response to research commissioned by Amazon in 2019 on the growing importance of STEM. The report found that the UK risks losing out on an estimated £33 billion a year due to a potential skill shortage. To meet annual labour demands, the country needs an additional 38,000 workers with computer science-related skills, including 21,000 computer science graduates. 

 

Teacher advocacy

 

Dennis Stansbury Alexa UK Country Manager, said: “Our Amazon Future Engineer programme has been specially designed to inspire future generations – especially those from all backgrounds – about a truly fulfilling career in STEM. We launched our Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours just 12 months ago to great success. We have now launched a new programme for 2022. New dates are announced mid-month, every month. Schools, please do consider signing up for one of our free tours. Together, we can make a difference.” 

 

The Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours are a great pre-summer break activity that allows teachers to provide students with a real world fun, engaging and relevant learning experience. Sign up today and book a tour for you and your class to get them excited about what a career in STEM looks like. Visit www.amazonfutureengineer.co.uk

Ofsted praises East Hunsbury Primary School as it continues to be a Good school following inspection

East Hunsbury Primary School, part of Northampton Primary Academy Trust, continues to be a Good school – that is the verdict of Ofsted following a visit by their inspector in April, and publication of their report on the school last month.

 

The 429-pupil school, which includes a 47-placed specialist unit for children with significant learning difficulties, was originally judged to be Good in July 2013 and this most recent inspection is the first since the school converted to become an academy in November 2017.

 

The purpose of the visit, known as a section 8 inspection, was to confirm that the school remains Good – any evidence that the school should receive a higher or lower grade would have seen it referred to a full section 5 inspection.

 

Positive comments in the Ofsted report, which can be viewed in full here, include:

 

  • Pupils enjoy attending this welcoming and inclusive school. There is a strong sense of community. Pupils follow the school’s ethos of being ‘respectful, ready and safe’.
  • Leaders have high expectations for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Pupils live up to these expectations.
  • Pupils enjoy all the opportunities the school offers them, including forest school, and after-school clubs. Pupils readily take on extra responsibilities, such as being reading ambassadors. They feel proud of the contributions they make to school life.
  • Teachers encourage pupils to be aspirational and to think about how they can make a difference in their community. This helps pupils become responsible, caring citizens.
  • Parents and carers are positive about the work of the school. They appreciate the caring environment in which their children learn.
  • Leaders are passionate about providing the best learning experiences for children. They have ensured the curriculum is broad and ambitious.
  • Governors and leaders of Northampton Primary Academy Trust make a positive contribution. They know the school well and offer effective challenge and support. They work effectively with leaders to ensure that the school continues to improve.
  • Staff are positive about the support they receive from leaders. They appreciate the consideration given to their workload and well-being. Staff say they are ‘one big family’.
  • There is a strong culture of safeguarding. Staff are well trained and receive regular updates. Staff know each pupil well. This means that they can quickly spot concern.

 

Over the course of two days the inspector met with Headteacher Kathryn Pennington, senior leaders and a range of staff, as well as members of the governing body and representatives of Northampton Primary Academy Trust. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around school was also observed, and parent/carer responses to Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, analysed.

 

“This incredibly positive, and indeed glowing, report is testament to every single member of our staff and our children,” said Kathryn, who started her new role just one day before the Ofsted inspection. “The inspector has had the opportunity to witness first-hand our mission to be a community-driven school that delivers an ambitious, inclusive and enabling curriculum in which all children achieve exceptionally high standards from their given starting points.

 

“There are really specific examples in the report about how we help children succeed across a range of subjects, including our approach to curriculum from the early years to Year 6 and devising lessons that build on pupils’ prior learning, how the curriculum effectively supports their personal development, and our commitment to putting reading at the heart of the  curriculum. The parent comment highlighted in the report about how teachers go above and beyond for the children here is just wonderful.

 

“We are also thrilled with the recognition of how pupils with SEND are fully included in all aspects of school life, how staff in our specialist unit are expert practitioners and provide tailored support to make sure all pupils with SEND achieve well, and how pupils in our specialist unit are able to succeed. We are one school, mainstream primary and specialist unit aligned, where children all learn from each other and a community where diversity is embraced and celebrate. As the report says we are ‘one big family’, and we will now move the school forward under our ‘Be kind, work hard, believe’ motto.”

 

Louise Whaites, Chair of Governors at East Hunsbury Primary School, said: “I am delighted with this report and the insight that it provides on our amazing school. The comments about the children are particularly heart-warming: how they behave well, work hard, have positive attitudes and feel safe, and embrace both the opportunities of school life and also make a contribution to the local area as ‘community champions’. As well as the school staff, I would like to thank my fellow governors whose own positive contribution, effective challenge and rigorous support is also acknowledged by Ofsted.”

 

Julia Kedwards, CEO of Northampton Primary Academy Trust, said: “We are extremely proud of the educational provision at East Hunsbury Primary School and pleased that this has been commended by Ofsted. This report recognises the excellent leadership, teaching, learning and curriculum, and the hard work and commitment of the wonderful staff who work there.”

 

Reception places at East Hunsbury Primary School are still available for September 2022. For more information, please contact the school office on 01604 677970 or office@easthunsburyprimary.org.

 

Fourth ‘JUST ONE TREE DAY’ confirmed for October 2022

 

On Friday 14 October (England) and Friday 30 September (Scotland), hundreds of schools will again take part in ‘JUST ONE Tree Day’ – an international non-uniform day where children are encouraged to bring in £1 to plant a tree and help reforest the planet.

Organised by JUST ONE Tree – a British non-profit dedicated to removing CO2 from the atmosphere through global reforestation – the fundraising day has been established to show children and young people how individual actions can make a difference against the climate and biodiversity crises. For every £1 raised, a tree is planted.

The event is open to both primary and secondary schools, who can sign up here. Those taking part can access free lesson resources that fit in with the national curriculum – as part of their fundraising activities, children learn about photosynthesis, the benefits of trees for both people and wildlife and the vital role they play in reducing the impacts of climate change.

To date, over 500 schools and 200,000 pupils have taken part, raising money to fund tree planting in Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nepal and Zambia, via the organisation’s global network of planting partners.

JUST ONE Tree founder, Amanda Bronkhorst: “JUST ONE Tree Day was born out of my commitment to make a difference – not only for my young daughter, but for the future of all children.

“Climate anxiety is a very real issue with many of today’s youth hit by the reality of the climate crisis, but the message I want to convey is we can all make a difference, and one way of doing that is by involving our young people.”

About JUST ONE Tree Day

The day inspires, educates and empowers the next generations. It’s a fun and educational global event which unites children, parents and teachers around the world on a day to reforest the planet. It is the flagship event of JUST ONE Tree, a multi-award winning British not-for-profit dedicated to restoring life on land, in the oceans and shaping the next generation of planet-conscious thinkers. They plant their trees in countries close to the equator where they can have the greatest positive effect on limiting global warming and creating a greener world for us all.

Pantene and Ideas Foundation Announce ‘Power of Hair’ Schools Programme to Increase Positive Representation and Understanding of Afro Hair

 

Pantene has today announced its partnership with non-profit, creative education organisation, Ideas Foundation. Together, the organisations are launching a series of ‘Power of Hair’ lesson plans, which are free for educators to download, with the aim to close the Afro Hair cultural education gap and increase positive representation and understanding of Afro hair in schools. 

 

A recent study by World Afro Day with Shift Insight on over 500 educators found that only half of teachers (52 per cent) have the confidence to openly discuss issues of race and ethnicity with students, and almost a third (29 per cent) said they were unable to correctly identify a scenario involving Afro hair discrimination1

A further study by Pantene found that 9 in 10 Black people in the UK (93 per cent 2) have faced microaggressions related to their Afro hair, and school was highlighted as the most common place where the discrimination took place. 

 

To help drive change, Pantene and Ideas Foundation have teamed up to create and implement a series of creative ‘Power of Hair’ workshops, focusing on raising awareness of Afro hair discrimination, promoting hair confidence, and equipping students with creative and essential skills, from team working to confidence building for the future.

 

Following rigorous testing and development, reaching 1,400 students across 24 schools throughout the UK, the ‘Power of Hair’ workshop material is now available as downloadable lesson plans (available here), designed to be woven into the curriculum for primary and secondary students across English, Humanities, Science, Art, Design and Marketing.

The ‘Power of Hair’ lesson plans are vital, and educators have one of the most important and influential roles in delivering these to students. Pantene and the Ideas Foundation are committed to working closely with teachers to offer training on the workshops to ensure these are being delivered to students sensitively and correctly, in addition to delivering a number of facilitated workshops in schools across the country over the next three years.

 

Dr Rolanda Wilkerson PhD, Pantene’s Principal Hair Scientist and Creator of the Pantene Gold Series collection said“Our school years are a crucial period in our lives to form life-long foundations for confidence, self-love, and creativity. We are so proud to have worked on this important educational tool so that children with all hair types can have a full educational experience and we can work to reduce hair discrimination in the UK and beyond.”

 

Ideas Foundation CEO Heather MacRae, commented, “This project has given us an opportunity to work with hundreds of schools – using creative approaches to explore identity, discrimination and hair confidence through science, English, humanities, and art.  Schools have loved the workshops we have offered. 

 

Peter Thomas, National Association for the Teaching of English said: “We have been delighted to work on this project – giving young people the opportunity for creative writing and expression inspired by the topic of hair.

Pantene is committed to helping more people have more great hair days and believes educating students across the UK to celebrate all hair types will help on that journey. 

 

Dr Rolanda adds: “At Pantene, we believe everybody deserves to be celebrated and represented fairly, and without discrimination. The ‘Power of Hair’ workshops are an important part of empowering hair confidence in the future generation and reminding people that ‘everybody deserves a good hair day’.”  

 

Educators can find the workshop lesson plans available to download now from the Pantene UK website (here), which also includes details on how schools can apply for a facilitated workshop as well as detail on how to enquire about the next ‘Power of Hair’ workshop teacher training session. 

 

 

 

Playinnovation helps Cassiobury Junior School transform an unused outdoor pool into a multi-sports hub

Cassiobury Junior School in Watford, Hertfordshire, has opened a new multi-use games area (MUGA). Designed and built by Playinnovation, the 37m x 18.5m ball court features a brightly-coloured playing surface and 3m-high fencing, providing the school with an inspirational space for children to get active in.

 

 

The MUGA comprises a full-size netball court, basketball court and small-side football area and also features two of Playinnovation’s educational Target Games, giving children the opportunity to play darts, snooker, pool and cricket-based games. The MUGA will not only provide the school’s pupils with a new space to get active in, but will also act as a hub for a number of local clubs and activity groups.

 

Cassiobury Junior School’s Business Leader, Keith Armstrong, says: “The school is used extensively by the local community for tennis, football, rugby, scouts, beavers, and netball. The new MUGA provides extra space and improved facilities to support our community and the school.​”

 

The new ballcourt replaces an old pool, which had become surplus to requirements.

 

“We used to have an outdoor swimming pool that had become unfit for purpose due to health and safety changes through the years – and the high costs of maintenance and repair,” Keith Armstrong says.

 

Playinnovation won a competitive tender for the project in 2021 and worked together with the school and its team – led by the head teacher, Jenny Sherry – to secure planning for the project.

 

“Playinnovation provided a design that more than fulfilled our requirements within the pricing structure we had allocated for the project,” Keith Armstrong adds. “We’re delighted with the end product and the enthusiasm and professionalism with which the Playinnovation team tackled the project.”

 

Playinnovation founder, Marco Boi, says that the partnership between Cassiobury Junior School and Playinnovation – which has its HQ just one mile away – will continue beyond the launch of the MUGA. “As the school closest to us, we will be supporting Cassiobury Junior as best as we can in the future and will look at ways in which we can add value to the ball court,” Boi says.

 

​To celebrate the launch, one of Playinnovation’s ambassadors, football freestyler and entertainer, John Farnworth, visited the school on Wednesday 22 June to demonstrate his skills and also carried out a training/skills workshop for pupils.

 

 

From left to right: Kirra Moser (Chair of Governors at Cassiobury Junior School), Marco Boi (Playinnovation founder), Jenny Sherry (Cassiobury Junior School Head Teacher), John Farnworth (football freestyler), Keith Armstrong (Cassiobury Junior School Business Leader) and children from the school.

 

Refurbishing Hot Water Systems In Existing School Buildings

The recently published government Strategy for Education Estates Sustainability has set a programme of trials deploying smart meters and energy management systems for existing estate buildings to help reduce usage and operational costs. Alongside this is a commitment to test the feasibility of replacing school boilers with ground or air source heat pump applications that can be upscaled to accelerate decarbonisation between 2025 and 2035. For domestic hot water (DHW) systems heat pumps still present a complex, and therefore more expensive, challenge when refurbishing older buildings.  If you are considering upgrading or need to quickly replace an existing boiler of water heater, you could still opt for a natural gas appliance, one that is not officially considered hydrogen-ready, for at least the next ten years without concerns of breaching new regulations. So long as the new unit is more efficient than the unit being replaced. This provides a safety net while assessing new technology options prior to the 2035 deadline for deploying gas-fired appliances.

Recognising this need for more efficient, lower emission gas-fired water heaters to bridge the technology gap for existing educations properties, commercial hot water specialist Adveco has developed the ADplus. 

A high-power gas-fired condensing water heater, ADplus is available in three variants with 70 kW, 115 kW and 140 kW rated heat output each feature an integrated 120-litre stainless steel water storage tank instantly providing continuous and on-demand domestic hot water (DHW).

Heat is provided by the patented Fecralloy premix burner fed by a consistent balanced air/gas ratio at each point of turndown. The high modulation ratio results in high 106% combustion efficiency with ultra-low NOX (Class 6 appliance at 27 mg/kWh) and CO emissions (19ppm). The 115kW and 140kW ADplus variants offer two high-quality heat exchangers. Constructed from a corrosive-resistant continuous run of AISI 316Ti titanium-stabilised stainless steel, these provide balanced highly efficient operation and built-in redundancy.

 

Designed as a high capacity and reliable method for delivering instantaneous hot water to a school or higher education building, the tough, stainless steel 120-litre storage tank enables the ADplus to serve as a semi-storage system, providing always available and instantaneous supply with quick recovery times for large-scale continuous provision of DHW. For smaller on-demand needs, ADplus heats what is necessary, with no ignition for smaller withdrawals providing considerable energy savings. When heat is required, the condensing technology provides up to 30% savings in fuel consumption.

 

The ADplus boasts a compact, floor-standing arrangement designed to pass through a standard 65cm wide door for easy installation without need for racking and just 10cm clearance between units. The integrated cascade controller supports full temperature control and self-check maintenance functions for up to 8 joined units all of which can be seamlessly integrated into building management services.

 

With minimal NOX and CO emissions, the ADplus range is an eco-friendly way to serve a building’s DHW system. The rugged construction, supported by Adveco’s in-house warranty engineers, provides operational longevity and real peace of mind for your investment, making it perfect for refurbishment of existing gas-fired systems and new projects seeking lower cost system redundancy for large-scale heat pump based applications.

 

 www.adveco.co