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Independent schools look for energy efficiency savings

Energy efficiency is becoming an increasingly important issue for independent schools desperate to cut costs to avoid having to hike up fees in the face of the credit crunch.

David Lyscom, the newly appointed chief executive of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), told The Daily Telegraph that schools needed to be encouraged to share best practice on energy efficiency and other cost cutting measures.

He said: 'There are all sorts of practical steps a school can take. Schools are looking at energy efficiency and cutting food waste and at improving existing facilities rather than putting up new buildings,'

In the last recession it took seven year for pupils numbers to recover in private schools after parents found they could no longer afford the high fees. Across the country schools lost 11,500 pupils in five years.