ECO Schools Accreditation
The Committee reported
“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. It’s great to see that you had such a group of eager, enthusiastic volunteers. It was also wonderful to see that they were supported by two members of staff and that a key member of the SLT was 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 unfortunate that your pupils were too young to be responsible for completing those meeting minutes – but we were delighted to see them so interested and engaged. This helps them develop new skills and is a real mature and professional approach. Great work!
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. 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 (providing recycling tubs with signs and posters) and outdoor (litter-picks, building a bug hotel, hedgehog home and a wormery, cleaning out your pond and a Walk to School Week) activities is excellent. It was also great to see accountability and monitoring and evaluation clearly marked in your Action Plan. Great work!
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. 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 into such key Early Years topics as Understanding the World, Physical Development, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Great work! Your Eco-Board is great. Your board is incredibly visual and engaging and promotes your work in a very attractive way. We loved hearing how active your Eco-Committee was in communicating their activities school-wide with both class feedback and use of posters, letters and the school website as well as the Eco-board itself. These all combine to make a great approach!
We are certain that your pupils will have greatly benefitted from your involvement with such outside organisations as Little Feet, Life Caravan and Plant a Tree for Every Child. The parent quote is a great testament to the work that you are doing with your Eco-Committee, that they are taking their Eco-Schools work home with them and getting their families on board is something to be proud of! 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 improvements to your school environment with the litter reducing and green travel measures and, most of all, your lovely biodiversity Initiatives (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!”