For more than 20 years Eco-Schools has been empowering children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through the same simple seven-step process that has been used successfully across the world.
The Eco-Schools Programme is pupil-led; involving hands-on, real-world learning and gets the whole school and the wider community involved in an exciting environmental project. There are Seven Steps to helping schools progress to the internationally recognised Eco-Schools Green Flag Award within 12-18 months of registration.
Ambergate Sports College have now achieved their Bronze Eco Award.
At the beginning of this term an ECO Lunch Club was set up at Ambergate, meeting each Wednesday. From here they formed a committee along with Mrs Capindale, a TA at the school. Each week the committee have taken steps to meet the criteria for the Bronze Award, such as forming the committee, addressing the school with information of the group, carrying out an environmental review and putting together an action plan. The Lunch Club is held weekly and the committee meet twice per term.
The Committee have also put together an ECO code for Ambergate and made bird feeders that can now been seen in our Forest School.
Mrs Capindale said, “The Eco Club is a new club to the school and we have very dedicated committee members who have already helped us achieve our Bronze Eco Schools Award. I am very proud of the way members have embraced the Eco ethos and are keen to help make our school more environmentally friendly for all.”
A large focus for the committee this time around was the lack of recycling at Ambergate. After research being carried out we now have recycling bins in each classroom and communal area.
Mr Ellis, Ambergate Headteacher said, “It really is fantastic to have the children and staff working so hard to make our school more ECO friendly.”
Now that the Bronze Award is in place the ECO Committee will be working towards the Silver Award, as well as working on the Action points raised from the environmental review.