What is Eco-Schools?
Eco-Schools is an environmental education programme which is managed by the charity ‘Keep Britain Tidy’, the anti-litter campaign in England. It is an international award programme that allows schools to become increasingly self-sustainable, providing a framework in which to embed those principles into the heart of the school community, with children as the driving force.
There are ten themes in total – Biodiversity, Energy, Global Citizenship, Healthy Living, Litter, Marine, School Grounds, Transport, Wast and Water.
Westbourne is working towards the accreditation of three awards. Bronze and Silver awards are self-accredited by the school and the prestigious Green Flag Award is assessed externally by Keep Britain Tidy.
Where is Westbourne on its journey?
- An Eco-Committee has already been set up and met, with representation from each class from Year 1 to Year 6
- An Environmental Review has been carried out by each class and the results of these have been recorded and discussed by the Committee
- From the results, an Action Plan (with targets and timescales) is being put together which will focus in on three particular environmental themes. The pupils will decide on the themes that they want to address and how they will do it
- The school has a designated and prominent display board which identifies and details the themes and actions that will be taking place across school
- Westbourne will be ready to deliver on the first step towards a Green Flag Award by October 2020. The Silver Award should hopefully follow soon after