AN MP has praised a new sustainable energy source at a primary school.

Hexham MP, Guy Opperman, visited Stamfordham Primary School to see a significant sustainable investment in the Northumberland school.

Stamfordham Primary School benefitted from investment in a ground-source heat pump system as part of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS).

Ground-source heat pumps are a highly efficient, low-carbon heating system which use heat from the ground to warm the building sustainably.

Mr Opperman was joined by Stuart Gadsden, commercial director of Kensa Contracting which designed and installed the heat pump system; Northumberland County Council and the headteacher of Stamfordham Primary School, Lynsey Briddock.

Mr Opperman said: "I was delighted to visit Stamfordham Primary School and meet with Lynsey and the team.

"Tackling climate change is vital and it was great to see an example of local investment in ground-source heat pumps.

"It was great speaking with the Year 5 and 6 pupils about the importance of tackling climate change and getting to net zero emissions.

"A huge thank you to NCC and Kensa Contracting for all their work installing the new heating system."

Mr Gadsden said: "Ground-source heat pumps produce no point of use emissions, so by installing this renewable heating system Stamfordham Primary has reduced its carbon footprint, helping to tackle climate change - something it also educates its students about."