The green flags are flying with the news that Bruton School for Girls is the only secondary school England and one of only two schools in the South West to have been awarded the prestigious role of Eco-Schools Ambassador for 2015-2017.
Eco-Schools is the largest Education for Sustainability programme in the world and is run by the Keep Britain Tidy organisation.
In total, just nine schools across England were selected which demonstrates how tough it is to qualify and be selected. BSG has now received the award twice, having first won for the 2013-2015 awards.
Learning Development Co-ordinator at Bruton School for Girls, Laura James, who led the submission, said:
“We are so thrilled to have been successfully selected again. We firmly believe in going the extra mile to demonstrate that sustainability is core to our school’s culture. The whole initiative helps and inspires girls right through the school.”
Dr. Morgan Phillips, Education Manager for Eco-Schools, added, “The quality of the applications received this year were extremely high. It was great to assess them and learn about the brilliant approaches staff and pupils are taking to Education for Sustainability across the country.
“Bruton School for Girls will be helping schools and children in their local area to benefit through the Eco-Schools programme, and we look forward to working with them as they do.”
For more information about the Eco-Schools programme in England visit www.eco-schools.org.uk
Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life. Eco-Schools can help enhance the curriculum and get the whole school united behind something important. Our mission is to help make every school in the country sustainable and to bring about behaviour change in young people and those connected to them so that good habits learned in schools are followed through into homes and communities. What’s more, by addressing environmental issues in school and reducing waste, they'll save money, which can be reinvested elsewhere.
Full list of this year’s Ambassador schools:
Bruton School for Girls Bruton, Somerset
Gorse Hall Primary & Nursery School Stalybridge, Tameside
St. John Vianney RC Primary School Newcastle Upon Tyne
Ashley CofE Primary School Walton on Thames, Surrey
Birchwood Primary School Ipswich, Suffolk
Parson Street Primary School Bristol, Avon
Thomas A Becket Middle School Worthing, West Sussex
Mowbray School Bedale, North Yorkshire
Putnoe Primary School Bedford, Bedfordshire