CHILDREN in the junior school and pre-prep at Queen’s College have stopped 10,536 batteries from going into landfill as part of the nationwide Big Battery Hunt.

The initiative is run by the National Schools Partnership with prizes to the schools collecting most batteries.

The running total this year across the country stands at more than 2.7 million.

At Queen’s, Harry Ellison in Year 6 collected 2,539 to win the award for bringing in the most batteries in the junior school.

Gracie-Jean Langford from reception won the prize for pre-prep, collecting 1,900 batteries.

Both children, and their respective classes, won a bug hotel, bird feeders and certificates designed and created by the junior and pre-prep eco team.

Tracey Khodabandehloo, headmistress, said: “The battery project has certainly captured the interest and enthusiasm of our pupils.

“The whole school has really risen to this challenge from our eco team and has enjoyed the element of competition generated among the year groups.

“We’re now looking forward to the next challenge.”