Welcome to our Eco-School Page
Mrs Searle & Mrs Day
Your school is now one of 52,700+ Eco-Schools across 67 countries, making the Eco-Schools programme the largest educational programme on the planet. Together 1.39 million teachers and 19.5 million Eco-Schools students worldwide all follow the same Seven Step journey to Green Flag and beyond.
Just through simple changes in behaviour, schools have found that a 10% reduction in energy usage can be achieved quickly and easily. In fact, Eco-Schools save on average around £3,364 on their energy bill! Many energy-saving actions can be undertaken or monitored by the Eco-Committee and wider student body, while the science behind it can be studied in the classroom.
Litter is one of the simplest ways to show children the impact our behaviour has on the environment. It is also one of the easiest to do something about in the school setting.
Remember the 5Rs
Refuse- to buy products you don’t need
Reduce- don’t be tempted by offers on products you will not use
Reuse- there are infinite upcycling ideas, visit our Eco-Schools Pinterest for 100s of ideas
Repair- you tube has lots of clips to show you how to repair broken items
Recycle- your local supermarket will have collections for a variety of products; from ink cartridges to batteries
Water – the stuff of life.
For this reason, we need to make sure there is enough to go around.
A changing climate and a growing population could mean more and more of us having to share less and less water. And it is not just the water we all use to drink, cook and clean; farms and businesses also need lots of water, as does the natural environment, the plants and animals we share the planet with.
That makes water conservation a pressing issue, here in the UK and around the world. And there are other reasons to use less. Treating and pumping water to homes, schools and businesses uses huge amounts of energy, while heating it adds to everyone’s bills.
A school’s grounds are a fantastic environment in which to let imagination run wild. What sort of space could be created? Might there be a garden for every year group or school subject? Can we install a wind turbine? The learning opportunities are endless; the conditions needed to grow food and the changing of the seasons. Practical skills can be nurtured: digging, building, fixing, tying.
This is such a broad topic area and an opportunity to cement the links in young people’s minds about the connections between a healthy environment and a healthy life. We know that what is good for us is good for the environment; an environmentally sustainable diet is often also a healthy diet. Huge efforts have been made to improve menus in our school canteens and Eco-Committees can work with their kitchens to source local, organic and Fairtrade ingredients to make school dinners even better.
Transport, traffic and travel- all unavoidable in any person’s life. The transport topic is a fantastic way to work with parents and your local community to make a real difference to your local transport network- get together to reduce speed limits to 20mph, restrict parking all of which could potentially save lives!