PUPILS from Burnley are using the building of their new school to learn about the environment and encourage action to stop global warming.

The 11 and 12-year-olds from Shuttleworth College, in Kiddrow Lane, have set up a sustainability project as part of their science learning.

They are researching the school's carbon footprint and finding ways of reducing energy consumption.

Construction is under way for the schools new site on Burnley Road, in Padiham, in September 2008 as part of Lancashire County Council's £250 million Building Schools for the Future programme.

Students will learn about, and make, bio-fuel and the environmentally friendly design elements of the new school like windmills and utilising rain water.

Science teacher Duncan Norris said: "The school building is giving these students a brilliant opportunity to learn about environ-mentally friendly technologies and design.

"We are grateful to the developers for their help with this. We are at the forefront of green development."

The project is a pilot which will be rolled out across the whole school.