The Eco-Schools ‘Green Flag’ award is ours again!

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We are delighted to have been awarded the ‘Green Flag’ by the Eco-Schools project for the third year running.

This year the Eco-Committee worked really hard to improve outdoor learning opportunities, improve local habitats, reduce waste and improve recycling.

The recent assessment of our work included the following comments –

It’s wonderful that you have appointed such a representative Eco-Committee, this shows your school’s excellent commitment to both the programme and the eco-cause. We love your democratic and fair approach to appointing Eco-Committee members. It’s great to see that other pupils played a part in the process. It was also wonderful to see that they were supported by two staff members and that key members of the SLT were kept informed. We love that you kept minutes from your meetings and that they helped to track, guide and prompt your activity, and thank you for including the excellent example.

It was wonderful to see how completing your Environmental Review helped to raise the level of awareness in your school and helped your Eco-Committee to identify the issues and spot gaps in your school’s existing environmental activity. It was also brilliant to read that the Environmental Review helped your pupils appreciate everything that your school is already doing to benefit our environment and identify areas to work on in the future. It was great to see how you carefully considered findings from your Environmental Review and factored them into the creation of your Action Plan. A great sign of critical thinking! Your Action Plan shows that your Eco-Committee have carefully considered how they can involve their entire school in their planned Eco-Schools’ activities to achieve maximum impacts and raise awareness amongst their school community. We love the range of activities that you and your Eco-Committee planned for delivery. The fact that they cover both indoor (reducing food waste and sending it to composting, and a book ‘swap shop’) and outdoor (new animal habitats, a green roof, promoting outdoor learning, gardening lessons, fresh planting and the Big Birdwatch) activities is excellent. 

Your Curriculum Link examples are imaginative, practical and fun, making environmental education accessible and engaging, well done! We’re really impressed at how you’ve linked environmental issues to a variety of curriculum areas. We loved seeing the excellent photos of pupil’s work and of them enjoying their activities. This is a great example of layering in sustainability and climate change into your studies. We loved reading about how you had incorporated learning about global issues not only into the Geography and Science Curriculum (most common ones) in your school, but also into other areas such as Art. Great work!

We love how active your Eco-Committee was in communicating their activities school-wide with both assembly and class feedback and use of the school newsletter and website as well as the Eco-board itself. These all combine to make a great approach!

Your Eco-Code is really smart and concise. It’s a great message and its punchy nature will definitely help it be processed by everyone passing by your Eco-Board. I hope you and your Eco-Committee take great pride in your achievements, when listed it’s surprising how many there are – however, the real improvements to your school environment with the lovely biodiversity initiatives and, most of all, your excellent community work (we loved those) all nicely stand out! Congratulations to everyone for the great work you have managed to do, earning your Green Flag with style. You should all be very proud of your work and the application you have submitted!’