Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich becomes latest Southwark school to get pollution cleaning air filters

Katherine Johnston (23 October, 2019) Environment

Filters get rid of viruses and dust mites too

32845Helen Hayes, Cllr James McAsh, Cllr Richard Livingstone celebrate the new filters being installed

Harris Primary Academy in East Dulwich is the latest in the borough to install air filters to prevent pupils from breathing in dirty air.

Parent Lauren Juliff applied for money from Southwark Council’s Greener Cleaner Safer Fund, receiving £17,000 toward the £23,000 cost of buying an installing the units that are now running in every classroom.

The rest of the money was raised with the help of a summer fair and parents’ quiz night.

Lauren said: “I was horrified about the high levels of particulate pollution in the air in my local community.

“Recent studies have shown that children are often even more exposed to dangerous particulate matter inside their classrooms than they are in playgrounds and on the school run.

“I wanted to do something to protect our growing children and am so pleased to be able to.”

The school has also benefited from a “green screen” of ivy, to reduce pollution around the school’s perimeter.

Head teacher Jo Conduit said:“The units are estimated to cut particulate matter in the air by over 80 per cent so they are making a real difference to our children’s health and wellbeing.

“The units also filter out dust mites, bacteria and viruses so we hope the children will also suffer from fewer allergies and bugs too.”

Southwark Council’s cabinet member for the environment, Richard Livingstone encouraged any parents and teachers keen to tackle air pollution to join one of the Cleaner Air for Southwark School’s meetings.

To find out more email: CAFSS@southwark.gov.uk

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