Eco-Schools Bronze Award
We have successfully gained the first award in recognition of our work to make the school more environmentally friendly. The first step was to establish an eco-committee. This was formed out of a group of enthusiastic and passionate year 7s to 9s. The process then became student-led, following elections for post-bearers. The group delivered assemblies to recruit more members and inform the school of our aims.
The group then carried out an audit of the school in ten areas: bio-diversity, energy, global citizenship, healthy living, litter, marine, school grounds, transport, waste and water. The results of the survey are available for all the school to read and a copy is displayed on the eco-school’s noticeboard.
For the bronze award it is recommended that schools focus on three areas, decide actions, and allocate timescales and people responsible for making sure the actions take place. We have decided to focus on biodiversity, litter and waste.
In the first category we have undertaken the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch and plan to undertake other surveys in the warmer months (such as butterfly and bee surveys); we are providing habitats for wildlife in the form of bug shelters, bird and bat boxes; we have made bird feeders and will replace and refill these as required.
In the litter category we took part in the Great British Spring Clean and picked litter every lunchtime for a week, we conduct regular surveys monitoring bin use and the amount of litter. We plan to carry out a litter pick at least monthly. We are setting up recycling areas and have registered as a collection point for crisp packets and dental products for recycling (so feel free to send them in to school!).
Looking at waste we will work with the refectory to reduce and eventually cut out single use plastics. We are creating a survey for staff to monitor use (and waste) of resources such as pens, rulers and paper to see if we can reduce waste in these areas. We will liaise with teachers to promote the use of online homework to reduce printing waste.
We have a lot of good ideas and have plans for big projects to reduce fast fashion waste and promote technology recycling, so watch this space!
If you are interested and would like to get involved, we would welcome participation from parents and carers, as well as staff members (teaching and non-teaching).