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About Eco Schools
The Government in England wants every school to be a sustainable school by 2020. Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.
At Manor Road we are proud to have achieved our Silver award.
The children have elected 14 of their peers as representatives for the Eco Council and these children, along with members of staff, governors and parents form our Action Team.
The Eco-Schools framework supports schools to work on nine different environmental and sustainable topics:
5. School Grounds
6. Healthy Living
9. Global Perspective
The Eco Councillors put a lot of work into keeping the school grounds looking good, while providing different habitats for wildlife. In the past, we have built minibeast hotels, repainted the planters, cleared the pond area, and planted wild flower beds for the insects.
We have also worked with the local council to plant native primroses around the local area.
For a number of years, we have taken part in “What’s Under Your Feet”, which is a national science project with the British Trust for Ornithology, helping to uncover the impact of climate change on birds across the U.K. This involves counting, measuring and recording numbers of worms on the school field.
Now that we have a greenhouse where we can plant seeds, our current project is the redevelopment the tyre allotment area so that the school can grow more vegetables to use in school or to sell at the summer fair. Donations from our Eco non-uniform day have helped us to purchase gardening equipment and compost for the whole school to use in gardening activities.
Our other focus area is plastic waste and littering. We have held school assemblies and competitions to raise awareness of this problem and are hoping to do more in the future.
For further information about the Eco-Schools programme, visit their websites on www.eco-schools.org.uk and www.jointhepod.org