• Paul Browning

Congratulations to Sidmouth Primary School - Eco Schools Green Flag Award


Sidmouth Primary School have received the following message: Congratulations!!!

Fantastic work Ms Hyde!

We are very pleased to tell you that you and your Eco-Committee at Sidmouth Primary School have been awarded an Eco-Schools Green Flag.

We reviewed your application and noted the following:

It's wonderful that you have appointed such an enthusiastic and representative Eco-Committee, this shows your schools excellent commitment to both the programme and the eco-cause. We love that you kept minutes from your meetings and that they helped to track, guide and prompt your activity. It was great to see how young people were responsible for completing those meeting minutes – this helps them develop new skills! This is a mature and professional approach. Great work! It was wonderful to see how completing your Environmental Review helped to raise the level of awareness in your school and helped your Eco-Committee to identify the issues and spot gaps in your school's existing environmental activity. But equally important is that it helped you to recognise the great work that you were already doing. This helps to keep up the good activity whilst making you feel empowered to do different things. We love this! We love the range of activities that you and your Eco-Committee planned for delivery. The fact that they cover both indoor (class Energy Monitors, a ‘switch-off’ campaign and the class Recycling Monitors and bags) and outdoor (litter collection and the organising of planters for each class to grow their own food) activities is excellent. It was also great to see accountability and monitoring and evaluation clearly marked in your Action Plan. Great work! You’ve clearly embedded the ethos of the Eco-Schools programme far and wide in your school! We love your ambition in tackling areas where you scored lowest in the Environmental Review. This shows you have a confident Eco-Committee dedicated to maximising their impacts. We’re really impressed at how you’ve linked environmental issues to a variety of curriculum areas. We loved seeing the excellent examples of student’s work, your Curriculum outlines and the Twitter examples of activities you supplied. This is a great example of layering in sustainability and climate change into your studies. We loved reading about how you had worked with the Thrive Eco Council to supply the planters and how you had incorporated learning about global issues into the Geography and Science Curriculum in your school. A challenge for next year might be to incorporate these issues into other areas of learning like English, Art or Maths! Your Eco-Board is great. Your board is incredibly visual and engaging and promotes your work in a very attractive way. It’s also good to see your Eco-Committee members on the board. This is a great way to raise their esteem and make their schoolmates feel like they can approach them and get involved with your Eco-Schools work! We love how active your Eco-Committee was in communicating their activities school-wide with both assembly and class feedback, as well as the school newsletter, poster campaigns, website and your social media. These all combine to make a great approach! We love that your pupils have taken their great work beyond the school gates and into their local community with the Greenpeace Big Plastic Count and your involvement with such outside organisations as Hull City Council, EMS and Rooted in Hull. The parent quote is a great testament to the work that you are doing with your Eco-Committee, that they are taking their Eco-Schools work home with them and getting their families on board is something to be proud of! I hope you and your Eco-Committee take great pride in your achievements, when listed it's almost astonishing how many there are – however, the improvements to your school environment with the recycling, the planters and, most of all, your involvement with the Big Plastic Count, all nicely stand out! Everyone involved should be incredibly proud of the changes they have made. We thought your Eco-Code was brilliant! It was punchy and really creative, setting out tangible and accessible calls to action your whole school can get behind! Congratulations to everyone for the great work you have managed to do, earning your Green Flag with style. You should all be very proud of your work and the application you have submitted!