The sun is shining on a Gloucestershire school after they raised the money required to install solar panels.

More than £7,500 was raised in the few months leading up to April 2019, to enable Sheepscombe Primary School to buy the panels.

Funding has come from a range of local businesses including Murrays Estate Agents, Snow Business, Greenshop Solar and Ecotricity, as well Painswick Parish Council.

The school celebrated with a special event where children sung sunshine-themed songs and read aloud letters they had composed, thanking donors and asking MPs and other leaders for more progress on environmental initiatives.

More than a tonne of carbon savings have been made so far, with at least 4 tonnes expected each year.annum).

The solar panels will also be used to teach children in science and maths and the school is currently working to become an Eco School.

Headteacher Vicky Barron said she was delighted with the support that the community had offered and that the children, staff and governors were very pleased that the school could run on sunshine without damaging the fragile environment further.

A recent Ofsted inspection praised the headteacher, saying she has high expectations for the school and recognises its potential, and noted that collaborative projects had been successful in raising funds for solar panels.

The full Ofsted report can be read