Sep 21 2022

Pupils and staff at Beaudesert Park School have earned international accreditation in recognition of their work in reducing their school’s impact on the environment.

Eco-Schools is an international education programme that prompts young people to explore sustainability and climate change by leading their own initiatives and programmes.

Last year, the pupils conducted an environmental review to assess where the school could improve its eco-attitude. They reviewed everything from the recycling practices, to energy use, to how environmental themes were addressed in the classroom. Building on their findings, the children planned a year of activities that would boost their green credentials.

The group connected their work to three eco-schools topics; biodiversity, litter and waste.

Activities included hosting a plant and cake sale, constructing and installing bird boxes, conducting litter picks, and organising food surveys and assessments with catering staff to achieve their aims.

Gemma Waters, Eco-Coordinator at Beaudesert Park, said, “I am so proud of the children’s efforts over the last 12 months to secure Green Flag status for the school.”

“As a pupil-led project, this initiative has shown the passion our pupils have in leading positive environmental change within the school community, which will benefit generations of Beaudesert pupils to come.”

Eco-Schools England Manager, Adam Flint, said, “Earning an Eco-Schools Green Flag Award takes passion, commitment, and a desire to make a difference. Pupils should be proud of their great work. They’re an inspiration and it makes us feel heartened and positive about the future of our planet.”

To learn more about Eco-Schools, head to https://eco-schools.org.uk