Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their journey to becoming greener and more sustainable. The programme uses a framework to help schools on their journey to gaining â€˜Green Flagâ€˜ status.
Eco-Schools helps to promote sustainable behaviours and gets everyone thinking about how we can save resources, be greener and help the environment around us.
The benefits of joining Eco-Schools include:
â€¢ Benefits for the local environment
â€¢ Links to and enhancing the curriculum
â€¢ Links to the community (St. Peterâ€™s Church recycling)
â€¢ School improvements and possibly saving money
What do Eco-Schools do?
Schools follow a simple seven-step process which helps them to address a variety of environmental themes, ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity. There are ten Eco-Schools topics to choose from. https://www.eco-schools.org.uk/about/howitworks/
Pupils lead the Eco-Schools programme â€“ they form and lead an Eco-Committee and help to carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of the school. Pupils keep the school community included and involved in their progress
Undertaking the Eco-Schools programme is a long-term journey and it can take time for schools to implement the different elements of the framework and engage their staff, students and community with it.
Schools work towards gaining one of three internationally recognised awards â€“ Bronze, Silver and the Green Flag award, which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity. Bronze and Silver are both self-accredited through the website and Green Flag is externally assessed by Keep Britain Tidy volunteers.
What is our school doing?
At St. Peterâ€™s, we are just about to apply for our Bronze Award, the first of three awards in the Eco-Schools programme.
Our Eco-Committee have carried out our Environmental Review and have used the results of this to pick our three Eco-School topics. These are: Biodiversity, Waste and Energy.
We have now compiled an Action Plan. This Action Plan explains our aims for each of our three topics and how we hope to achieve them, including can help, how long it will take and how we will assess it. Please see a copy of our Action Plan attached.
If you feel that you can help with any of our actions then please do get in touch. We hope to get the whole school community involved with our journey to gaining the Green Flag award.