At Barnes, we are working hard to become a more sustainable school and take great pride in helping to protect and preserve our world.
This academic year (2020-21), we have started the journey to becoming an international, Green Flag Award Eco-School. The programme is designed to raise environmental awareness amongst young people and in England it is run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. Internationally, the programme is the largest educational programme in the world present in nearly 70 countries with millions of children participating. Our school is now part of this global community working to create environmental change for the benefit of our children and future generations.
The programme guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed key environmental issues into the heart of school life. These include: Biodiversity, Litter, Waste Minimisation, Transport, Healthy Living, Energy, Water, School Grounds and Global Citizenship.
The scheme not only empowers pupils and raises environmental awareness, but it also combines learning and action for the improvement of the environmental performance of schools.
Schools entering the programme can gain a Bronze, Silver, and, ultimately, a Green Flag award through an assessment process.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Eco-schools Bronze award for our achievements so far.
Our recently elected Eco-Team is made up of a group of dedicated eco-warriors from Year 5 and 6.
The Eco-Team will be organising and leading whole school initiatives for all year groups to be involved in. We believe that every child in the school has a part to play in looking after our school environment and local community.
The first step for the Eco-team is to complete an environmental audit to decide which environmental issues to focus on as a school.