All about Eco Schools

A successful harvest

In February 2012 the Eco Schools committee was formed and an environmental review (audit) was carried out. There are nine topics for Eco Schools. The Eco Schools website has lots of information. Tina Brabham leads and co-ordinates the Eco Schools committee.

Since forming in 2012, the full committee meets once a term to compile their Action Plan. This is very much focused on being pupil led. Pupils meet every Friday lunchtime to carry out the work. The Eco Warriors have worked hard to try and make sustainability an integral part of school life. They’ve covered lots of topics since starting last year and have mainly focused on recycling, energy, waste, litter, school grounds and biodiversity. As a school we already participate in programmes under the Healthy Living and Transport topics so we have not had to focus on these areas as much.

Some of the topics, and the actions taken have included:

  • Energy – EDF Energy The Pod Switch On to Switching Off fortnight 26/11/12 to 10/12/12.  Monitoring and evaluating energy consumption.
  • School Grounds, Waste, Biodiversity – Setting up the Wormery and making mini-wormeries for classes to use, Setting up and using compost bins so we now compost Staff kitchen waste, KS1 free fruit scheme waste and uncooked food from the school kitchen.  We have created two wildlife garden areas and installed bird houses and bird feeders.
  • Raised Beds and garden area. Harvesting produce supplied by Rocket Garden and grown in school. This has been regularly used by the school kitchen in school lunches.
  • Litter – Voluntary Litter Pickers now participate in both playgrounds at lunchtime