SCIENCE students are hoping to develop solar energy at their school as part of a project to raise awareness about environmental issues.

Pupils at Durham Johnston School are working on the project thanks to a donation by Langley Moor company Reprotec.

Managing director John Holmes, who is a former pupil of the school, decided to work with current students after winning an award, presented by North East Process Industries Cluster (NEPIC).

As well as looking at using solar energy, the school will be working with primary schools in the area to increase confidence of younger pupils in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

Louise Gwynne-Jones, from NEPIC said: “The NEPIC awards celebrate industry’s best companies and brightest talent from across the North-East. However, the real magic happens when our winning companies engage with their nominated schools and provide vital support to promote STEM education and careers in industry.

"The success of our industry relies heavily on inspiring and attracting the workforce of the future."