Local school achieves ECO-SCHOOL award

Monday, February 24, 2020

Pupils of Briar Hill Primary School in Northampton have helped the school to achieve a prestigious Eco-School Award. The school, part of David Ross Education Trust, had gained a Bronze Award in July 2019, and it has now achieved a Silver award.

Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries, making it the largest educational programme on the planet. Eco-Schools develops pupils’ skills, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and creates financial savings for schools.

The Eco-Schools Programme is pupil-led, involving hands-on learning that gets the whole school and wider community involved in exciting environmental projects.

The school has been working towards its Silver Award for the past 8 months. To achieve the award, the students have made links between the school’s environmental activity and the curriculum. They have let the whole school and wider community know what their Eco-Committee is doing through Dojo and Twitter.

The school’s Eco-Committee, made up of 20 children from Year One to Year Six, chose to focus its action plan on Waste, Energy and Litter. They presented their work in various ways, including before and after photographs of school grounds, bar charts to show energy usage, transport surveys, biodiversity counts and waste audits. The Eco-Committee is also in the process of developing an ‘eco-code’ that reflects the ethos of the school’s environmental work, which will be the last step before applying for Green Flag status. This status is recognised internationally and the students and staff are excited to now be embarking on this journey.

Janey Cooksley, Headteacher of Briar Hill Primary School, said:

“We are proud to have achieved this award and I know how important it is for our students to be helping to save the environment. We aim to educate young people on the importance of sustainability and ways they can make a difference. The Eco-Committee has already successfully led the schools work on Switch-off Fortnight, The Big School BirdWatch and they will take a lead on Waste Week in March. They are engaging the whole school in environmental projects and raising awareness of how they can change the world.”