A high school which has been working on a sustainability project has won a competition.

Pupils at St Christopher's C of E High School Academy in Church scooped the prize in the ‘Let’s Go Zero’ competition, hosted by IKEA.

The pupils came up with an idea to build a pre-loved clothing swap shop and re-fill station for cleaning products, creating a space where items – such as uniforms and prom dresses - can be donated and collected.

The project looks to educate young people on the topics of upcycling and sustainability, while supporting families and helping to change attitudes around reused items. Meanwhile, the refill station will help reduce plastic usage considerably.

The school will receive help from IKEA co-workers to implement the idea, providing products up to the value of £2,000, solutions and sustainable living expertise.

The initiative is in partnership with IKEA and the Let's Go Zero campaign, which is coordinated by climate solutions charity, Ashden and a coalition of environmental NGOs, calling upon schools to become zero carbon by 2030.

It encourages teachers, nursery children, primary and secondary pupils to sign up and submit ideas which will make their school more sustainable – whether reducing emissions or increasing biodiversity – as part of a wider drive to unite communities in doing their bit to fight climate change.

It’s the second year IKEA has run the competition in partnership with Let’s Go Zero.

This year, St Christopher's C of E High School Academy has won along with three other schools and sixth-form colleges based in London, Huddersfield, and Paisley, near Glasgow.

More than 2,100 schools, colleges and nurseries have signed up to Let’s Go Zero since the initiative launched in November 2020, collectively educating over a million children and young people across the UK.

Deputy country retail manager at IKEA UK and Ireland, Marsha Smith, said: “This years’ competition has been a great success.

“It’s fantastic to see so many young people engaging with this initiative and learning more about simple but effective ways we can all help the environment.”