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Under floor heating 'helps school win top award'

A school in Oxford has won an award for its environmentally-friendly approach.

Magdalen College School used an unusual technique to install under floor heating throughout the building, the Oxford Mail reports.

A series of 55-metre deep holes were dug in the school car park that connect to 18 pipes to feed heat from the earth into the education establishment.

Alistair Weir, assistant bursar at Magdalen College School said: "Our professional team researched and investigated every environmental aspect of the project."

Oxford City Council awarded the institution its top sustainability prize, the David Steel Award, in partnership with Brasenose College which shared the title.

The school has also fitted automatic windows that are designed to open dependant on CO2 levels and temperatures within the classrooms.

In 1480, William Waynflete founded Magdalen College School, which is now run by headmaster Timothy Hands and caterers for around 700 children aged between seven and 18 years of age.