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.
These are the areas we work on to improve our school environment
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)