Westholme flies the green flag for Eco-Schools

Over the summer Miss Davies and the eco-committee received some fantastic news that the school has been awarded an Eco-Schools Green Flag Award with Merit! This was after a concerted effort by the whole school to change the environmental output after implementing the seven-step framework required by the charity.

Since 1994, Eco-Schools have awarded their Green Flag to certify a school’s contribution to the environment. The programme encourages schools to adopt sustainable practices and empower students to take the lead in environmental projects. Our Eco-Committee is driven by of a large number of students from 4 to 18 years, supported by four members of staff. Eco-Schools commended us for being inclusive and demonstrating “a whole school approach to the programme and a commitment to environmental education and pupil-led eco-action. Great work!”

Our elected areas of environmental impact are biodiversity, healthy living and school grounds.

The students targeted the three areas and one of the achievements involved planting 420 trees and creating a sensory garden on the school grounds. Students also learnt about food waste and how to reduce it from their caterers Thomas Franks as part of their ‘surplus to purpose’ initiative.

Students created a logo and an Eco-Code, ‘Better environment, better life,’ which were also commended by the charity: “We love your collaborative approach to creating an Eco-Code pledge, this has allowed young people to take ownership and create a final code that will be treasured by everyone at your school.”

Naomi Davies, head of the Eco Committee project, said: “Becoming an Eco-School will have wonderful benefits for our community. It instils leadership and teamwork skills, placing students at the forefront of our environmental impact.

“Students have already been able to teach and inspire each other as well as staff members. As our environmental action progresses, they will also have opportunities to inform the wider community about why it is so important to be eco-friendly.”

Eco-Schools praised the committee for their collaboration, both within school by getting many members on board, and within the community by involving BBC Radio Lancashire and the students’ successful bid to join the Blackburn with Darwen Council Climate Summit.

The charity added: “Thanks for applying for an Eco-Schools Award, the submission was innovative, impactful, and inspirational – good luck!”