St George’s School

Location: Sun Lane, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4TD
Headteacher’s name: Miss Helen Barton

Consultant: Matt Savill

School Background

Our School is a unique and special place. Founded on a Christian ethos; dynamic and exciting to be part of; friendly, caring, and challenging in equal part, it is an excellent environment to receive what we consider to be an outstanding holistic education.

Our students and staff are loyal, proud, and purposeful, our motto, “Aim Higher”, challenging all of us to be the best we can be. We have history, tradition, and heritage, and a genuine determination to know and care for everyone, whether you are a day student or part of our diverse and inclusive boarding community.

School’s Previous Lighting Situation

St Georges School was fitted with outdated fluorescent strip lighting that was producing insufficient output and frequently needed replacing. Frequent lamp failures created inadequately lit classrooms as well as high maintenance costs which the school had to fund. The school had many fluorescent tubes that they could no longer get, which meant a lot of lights out, which over time was effecting the working and learning environment.


The School funded the scheme using The Educational Social Enterprise Fund for LED Lighting The ‘Social Enterprise Fund’ enables schools to install LED Lighting, lower energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint without having to find the upfront capital to purchase the equipment. By simply paying an annual lease amount the scheme generates cash surpluses for the school from day one to be reinvested in educating disadvantaged children. There are no capital costs to the school and the lease repayments are made from the savings, there will always be a surplus left for the school after the lease payments are covered.

End Result

St Georges School had 2779 old fluorescent lights replaced with brighter more natural LEDS. This has helped improve the school’s classroom learning environment and helped the school benefit from reduced energy consumption and requires zero hours of maintenance time changing lamps. These savings can be reinvested into the school.

The installation was spread out of a few months from Feb to August, the contractors together with Matt and Karl made the process non-stressful as they took complete control, and the School was kept to a minimal disruption, the company worked around our times for lessons and boarding.
I am very happy with the installation and how the company worked with other contractors over the summer with the refurbishment of the boarding houses. I would highly recommend this company to any future school proposing to have the changeover to LED.

Steve Harmer, Operations & Facilities Manager