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Eco-Schools is an International Award Scheme guiding schools on their journey towards sustainability. Its framework helps to embed sustainable principles into school life. The government wants every school to be sustainable by 2012! There are 3 levels of award - bronze, silver and the Green Flag - we currently hold a silver award.
 

Our Eco-Schools Committee is elected each year with a representative from each year group. We meet regularly to draw up a plan of action. We hold assemblies to inform the whole school of our activities, run competitions and themed weeks throughout the year.
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These are the areas we work on to improve our school environment

Water

Pupils are asked to report taps which are dripping and water saving measures are introduced in any new building work. We are considering installing water butts to water our garden plots.
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Energy
 

Our present energy rating is 'C' and we are working towards a 'B' rating. Every Autumn we take part in 'Switch it Off Week' when we try to reduce our energy usage. We have run light bulb design competitions where winning designs are displayed around the school by light switches to encourage pupils and staff to turn off unnecessary lighting. We have links with the 'Generation Green' and to 'The Pod' Websites.
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www.generationgreen.co.uk Logon using the school's postcode: WR3 7EA
www.jointhepod.org/schools/register Student Code to use when you register: TJQMEW

Litter

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We have Litter Pickers around the school which the children are encouraged to use and novelty bins to promote keeping the school grounds tidy. Year 4 participated in the St Georges' Day 'Big Tidy Up'. Wearing snazzy tabards they picked up litter from the school site and the road outside school. Three bags of rubbish were collected and half a bag of recyclable items.
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www.thebigtidyup.org/news_view.aspx


Waste
 

We run 'Lunch Box Waste' competitions and have successfully reduced the amount of waste in children's' lunchboxes. We encourage parents to use reusable containers and have a link with 'Easy2Name' which gives the school a contribution to funds for every order. Leaflets go out to new parents each year to promote the labelling of containers.

We are now able to recycle the same items as households and intend to work on minimising and recycling unwanted items in the coming year.

www.easy2name.com

Transport
 

We organise Walk to School Weeks twice a year and have completed our Travel Plan. This has resulted in the school receiving money to spend on measures to help pedestrian access and encourage cycling. We have bike racks on the premises where children can safely leave their bikes and provide pedestrian and cycling training each year. We also have two tandem bikes which can 'hired' for free from school. One family enjoyed it so much they bought their own!! Please contact the office if you are interested in borrowing them.

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We are hoping to re-establish our Walking Bus. If you feel you may able to volunteer your services as a leader and would like further details please contact Mrs Gilfillan.
 

Healthy Living
 

The School has recently been awarded 'Healthy Schools' status (Please navigate to Curriculum Healthy Schools for more detail). As a part of this focus children have PSCHE (Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education) lessons during which they develop their understanding of themselves and the world around them.

School Grounds

 

We are very luck to have wonderful grounds with plenty of room to play. These have been developed to encourage a range of play and opportunities to feel secure and make friends.

We have cultivated different areas to encourage biodiversity. We also have raised beds to enable the children to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers.

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Biodiversity
 

We have many different areas to encourage a range of wild life. We have a range of hedging and many different species of tree including a black pear tree whose fruit can be found on both our Schools crest and Worcester's coat of arms. We are presently renovating a large wild life pond which is home to a myriad of aquatic creatures. Our log pile can be found in the one of the areas that has been left to grow naturally and we have a large section used by our Forest School. (see Curriculum Forest Schools for more details)

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Global Perspectives
 

During the school year children's awareness of the world around them is raised as an integral part of the topics they study. In supporting the wider community funds are raised for different charities including the Christmas
Picture 1 Charity Day Raising Funds for Noah's Arc
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