Eco-Schools Award

To help us in our quest to become a 'Sustainable school' we have been working hard towards the Eco-Schools Awards. We have already gained the Bronze and Silver awards and are now working towards achieving the Green Flag award. There are lots of criteria to meet to gain the Green Flag and therefore we need to ensure that we have everything in place that we need in order to pass the assessment.

Here are details of what we needed to do to achieve both the bronze and silver award.

 

Eco-Schools Silver Award

 

Eco-Schools and Silver Award logos

 

The Silver award criteria focuses on strengthening pupil leadership and whole school involvement while the school starts to work on at least one of the Eco-Schools topics in depth.

The Silver award is attained by self-assessment.

Silver Award criteria:

Eco-Committee

  • The school has identified an Eco-Committee consisting of pupils and adults which meets at least once every half term.
  • Pupils share the responsibility with adults for running the committee (the level of responsibility expected depends on the age and ability of the pupils involved).
  • The Eco-Committee includes a parent and/or governor representative.
  • Records are kept of meetings.

Environmental Review

  • The Eco-Committee has produced a detailed Action Plan
  • The plan contains timescales, targets and who is responsible
  • The Eco-Committee has shared the plan with the rest of the school

Linking to the curriculum

  • The school can indicate that some environmental issues have been covered within curriculum work in most year groups

Monitoring and evaluation

Eco-Code

  • The school has an agreed, adopted and displayed Eco-Code

Project work

 

Eco Schools Bronze Award

 

Eco-Schools and Bronze Award logos

 

The Bronze award criteria focuses on getting the Eco-Schools structure set up so you have everything in place to tackle the eco work you have planned.

The Bronze award is attained by self-assessment.


Bronze award criteria:

  • The school has an Eco-Committee consisting of pupils and adults
  • The group meets at least once every term
  • Records are kept of meetings

Environmental Review

  • The Eco-Committee has completed an Environmental Review covering the Eco-Schools nine topics
  • Results of the review have been discussed by the Eco-Committee

Action Plan

  • The Eco-Committee has produced a basic Action Plan influenced by the Environmental Review and shared the plan with the rest of the school community
  • The Eco-Committee can identify progress towards achieving elements of the Action Plan

Linking to the curriculum

  • The school can indicate that environmental issues have been covered within curriculum work

Involving the whole school and wider community

  • The school has a prominent, designated display board, displaying eco-school activities.