Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life. Eco-Schools can help enhance the curriculum and get the whole school united behind something important. Eco-Schools is managed in England by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
Joining the programme can help to reduce waste and so save money!
What are the benefits?
- Enhancing the curriculum
- Links to the community
- School improvements
- Saving money
- Recognition and publicity
What do Eco-Schools do?
The schools follow a simple 7-step process which helps them to address a variety of environmental themes, ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity. Energy is a compulsory topic; the other topics are Water, Biodiversity, Healthy Living, Transport, Litter, Waste, Global Citizenship. View details of the Eco-Schools topics here
Pupils are the driving force behind Eco-Schools – they lead the Eco-Committee and help to carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of the school. Together with staff and the wider community, they decide which environmental themes they want to address and how they’re going to do it.
Measuring and monitoring is an integral part of the Eco-Schools programme, providing schools with all the evidence they need to showcase their environmental success. Eco-Schools can fit into almost all aspects of the curriculum and help to make learning fun and engaging.
Schools work towards gaining a Bronze, Silver or Green Flag internationally recognised award. Bronze and Silver are both self-accredited through this website and the Green Flag award is externally assessed by volunteers. In Suffolk, these include Sue Hooton (senior ecologist Suffolk County Council) and Gen Broad (Suffolk Biodiversity Officer).
Eco-Schools provide a wealth of materials, information and resources to support the schools.
Any school can get involved!
Any school can join the Eco-Schools programme, whether they’re a nursery, primary school, secondary school, college, or a school with special status. Joining the Eco-Schools programme is completely free and is designed to be flexible to make tackling sustainable issues manageable and easy for any school. The nursery programme is known as Eco-School for Early Years The programme is aimed at children aged 0-5 years and follows basically the same Eco-Schools programme, but modified for the younger age group.
Eco-Schools in Suffolk
There are currently 14 schools in Suffolk with a Green Flag Award:
- Abbott’s Hall Primary School, Stowmarket
- Birchwood Primary School, Ipswich (also with Ambassador status)
- Britannia Primary School, Ipswich
- Castle Manor Academy, Haverhill
- Elmsett CofE VC Primary School
- Great Barton CEVC Primary School
- Kedington Primary School, Haverhill
- Norton CofE VC Primary School, Bury St Edmunds
- Saxmundham Primary School
- Sexton’s Manor Primary School, Bury St Edmunds
- Sproughton CofE Primary School
- Waldringfield Primary School
- Walsham-le-Willows CofE VC Primary School
- Witnesham Primary School