What’s the real story about air quality around our schools?

Newcastle University’s Urban Observatory have installed Air Quality, real time monitoring units outside some of our local schools. The data they are collecting is available on the Urban Observatory online data portal, so you can look at the results in real time from the following schools:

  • Cragside Primary School, High Heaton
  • St Teresa’s Primary School, Heaton
  • Broadway East / Brunton Park First Schools, Gosforth
  • Across from St Gabriel’s Nursery, Heaton (Chillingham Rd / Cartington Terrace)
  • Westerhope Primary School
  • Sacred Heart Primary School, Fenham
  • Knop Law Primary School, Chapel Park
  • St Mary’s High School, Benton
  • Atkinson Road Primary School, Benwell
  • West Jesmond Primary School
  • Chillingham Road Primary School
  • St Albans’ Primary School, Walker

Please note!

  • They’re real time monitors, they aren’t high-precision ones.
  • Because of this, they’re not accredited by DEFRA for formal air quality monitoring standards but they still do provide useful information.
  • Over time, as the electro-chemical sensors degrade, the sensors can ‘wander’ and give misleading results.
  • They’re installed and maintained by Newcastle Urban Observatory rather than the Council’s Environmental Health Team who look after the high precision monitoring in Air Quality Management Areas.
  • Please don’t take short-term exceedances as being an immediate crisis. Long periods of monitoring are really needed to account for seasonal and other variations. The 1 hour limit for NO2 is 200 micrograms per m3, while the annual mean average limit is 40 micrograms per m3.