A SOCIAL enterprise helping schools to make the most of their facilities has been shortlisted for a national award.

Summertown-based School Space helps schools to rent out their rooms and halls to groups, clubs and individuals, so they can make their own income and engage better with their communities.

It was co-founded by Jemma Phibbs and James Lloyd when they were both in sixth form at Wheatley Park School.

Social Enterprise UK has shortlisted School Space for the 'social enterprise of the year' category in its annual awards, alongside eight other contenders.

The ceremony takes place in November and School Space said it was 'very proud' to be in with a chance of winning.

The enterprise takes on the booking and marketing process of renting out school facilities, in exchange for some of the income if bookings are made.

In an interview with the Oxford Mail in May, Yarnton resident Miss Phibbs said the operation has so far helped schools to generate £500,000 collectively.