EFFORTS are being made to reduce costs and make a school in Ruthin more energy efficient. 

Denbighshire County Council’s Energy and Building Maintenance have joined forces to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and provide long term cost savings at Ysgol Pentrecelyn, which will be marking its 150th birthday in 2024.

Work includes topping up pitched roof insulation on the school buildings, insulating cavity wall sections, installing LED efficient lighting and adding a solar PV system to harness the sun’s energy to improve efficiency on site.

Old boilers are being replaced with modern condensing units and modern and efficient double-glazed units will be fitted. A flat roof on site will also be replaced and the insulation will be upgraded to 160mm of PIR insulation.

Andrew Evans, headteacher, said: “As a school we have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in partnership with Denbighshire County Council to develop our school building. The modernisation work and installation of solar panels ensures we can learn in a traditional, historical building in an area of outstanding beauty, whilst also reducing our carbon footprint. 

"This is an important year for the school as we are celebrating our 150th Birthday and we are grateful to Denbighshire County Council for this investment which has modernised our school for its current and future pupils.”


Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “The council is committed to reducing our carbon emissions and energy usage across all our buildings and lowering long term costs by carrying out projects that will also see costs reduce in the long term.

"I’m grateful to our staff with the support of the school staff and the pupils for allowing us to carry out this important work.”

Work at the site is set to be completed by February 2024.