Be the Best You Can Be
The Eco-Schools programme provides a simple framework to enable schools to analyse its operations and become more sustainable.
By following the programme, our school can become a more stimulating place in which to learn, whilst reducing the environmental impact of the whole school on the community.
The scheme is rooted in a genuine desire to help children become more effective citizens by encouraging them to take responsibility for the future of their own environment. It is not about environmental excellence, it is about the school starting to look at how it impacts upon the environment and how this is decided upon and can be managed.
Pupil involvement is a key part of the Eco-Schools programme and we have formed an Eco Committee. Having pupils engaged in the whole process, including monitoring, action planning and decision-making, leads to genuine ownership of the programme and an increase in their sense of responsibility for the school environment and local area.
As part of the programme, we are part of an international group of schools working towards education for sustainable development (ESD) and a better quality of life for local and (through joint action) global communities.
Eco-Schools operates an award scheme that raises the profile of our school in the wider community. There are three award levels:
• Bronze award Click here to see the Awards Criteria
• Silver award
• Green Flag
We are proud to say that we have achieved our Bronze award and now working towards our Silver.
Our committee meet monthly to discuss environmental issues. We have recently worked on a wildlife project which includes a nature area at the top corner of the school grounds, just in front of the fence. We have had a pond built, with a large, locked gated fence all the way around it. The pond is not deep, and has a slabbed path all the way round to allow enough space for small groups of children to go pond-dipping with an adult. There is also a little shrubbery area and some logs and stones for mini-beast hunts.