Eco-Schools is an international award program that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.
We address a variety of environmental themes, ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity.
Measuring and monitoring is an integral part of the Eco-Schools program, providing us with all the evidence we need to showcase our environmental success.
We were first awarded the highest Eco-schools accolade ‘Green Flag’ in June 2004 and have held it since. We are proud to have achieved our 7th Green Flag this year with flying colours.
Every year we take part in ‘Switch off Fortnight’ (20/11/17 – 3/12/17) where the children and staff are reminded about how to save energy and the importance of doing this. Eco-Committee members ensure pupils and staff turn off appliances if they are not in use!
Saving energy is a big part of our day to day school life – children and staff are encouraged regularly to turn off appliances and lights. We regularly review our energy bills as well as using renewable energy to power our school – solar panels and a woodchip boiler!
This Autumn Term Class 2 have harvested many of the vegetables that Class 3 planted in the Summer Term! We enjoyed the pumpkins, potatoes and leeks in delicious soup at our Harvest Lunch on Thursday 19th October. Members of Class 2 also pressed apples from our school grounds and sold the mouthwatering juice!
As a school during this term’s Eco-morning we celebrated ‘World Food Day’ (October 16th). The children discussed world hunger. During our Eco-Morning children investigated where ingredients for flapjacks came from around the world and located on a map, made flapjacks for our harvest lunch and had thought proving discussions and activities about hunger.
This Spring Term our school ‘Eco-Mornings’ will focus on the topical issue of Reducing, Reusing and Recycling plastic due to the effects of its overuse and detrimental effects on our ocean wildlife.
The Eco committee this Spring term will learn about waste and conduct a survey of our school waste, they will use the information to inform and educate pupils and staff.
Our school manages it’s waste carefully; each classroom and office area has different types of bins so children and adults know how to sort waste. The children have a rota to empty the bins into the recycling, compost and general waste.
‘Wear It Wild’ was enjoyed by all the school on October 20th! Each class completed a range of activities linked endangered wild animals around the world.
Throughout the year, children study our pond area, use our school garden and visit a local forest schools site where they have the opportunity to learn about local plants and animals in various habitats.
This Spring term we will be focusing on the ‘Transport’ topic as it is an area for improvement on our current Eco Schools action plan. The Eco-committee will be conducting a transport survey; interpreting the data in order to find solutions to our car park congestion. The whole school will also be taking part in the ‘Big Shift’ campaign – encouraging children to walk, bike or scooter to school where possible.
Saving water is always on our minds – around the school there are many posters reminding pupils and staff to turn off taps and to think about their water usage. Our whole school Summer Term trip in 2017 was to the Waterworks Museum proved a huge success! The children learnt about our local water supply and also completed tasks to remind them about the importance of saving water.
Before the Easter holidays, Class 2 collected rubbish around the school grounds . They were surprised with the quantity (nearly 2kg) and wrote a poem about their findings and; then delivered their important message in the end of spring term assembly.
There’s litter in our school grounds,
That no one seems to have found.
Littering is a sin.
Please take it to the bin!
I know you didn’t drop that pear
But life’s not very fair!
It’s everyone’s job to pick it up
Before the pile builds up,
We all liked the packets insides,
But now it’s time we restored our pride.
Class 3 renewed the school’s healthy eating policy in the Summer term by surveying eating habits of children, parents and staff!
We provide fruit to all children at morning break-time, educating them to eat healthy and we continually review school dinners.