Pippins’ head responds to Sunday Times report of “potentially dangerous” pollution
Pippins’ headteacher wants to be “fully involved in the fight to beat the pollution that threatens her staff and pupils”.
Tracey Ball, who is headteacher at Pippins School, in Raymond Close, Poyle, made the comments to the Slough Observer after an investigation in the Sunday Times listed the school as the second worst for pollution in the country.
Mrs Ball told the ‘paper:
“We’re naturally concerned about reports of poor air quality at Pippins, as we place such importance on the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff.
“We’re pleased to hear efforts are already underway to tackle the problem and we will be contacting the council and Heathrow to see how we can get involved.
“While we can’t change the location of the school, we can be involved in helping to find a solution.”
Slough Borough Council has called for the speed limit to be reduced on the M4 near Slough – but has acknowledged that it is powerless to act as the M4 is outside its jurisdiction.
The Council also says it will be submitting a bid for funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to provide a pool of electric vehicles for Slough residents “and some eco-friendly gas powered buses”. It says Heathrow has been asked to fund charging points and an additional air quality monitoring device in the area.