The Staff and pupils of Cranborne School are working towards gaining recognition as an Eco-School. Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their journey to becoming eco-friendly and therefore sustainable. Being a part of Eco-Schools can help enhance the curriculum as well as getting the whole school united behind something important. Although this is a school based initiative, ultimately our aim is 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.
The school is following a seven-step process which helps us to address a variety of environmental themes, as listed below:
The Energy theme is a compulsory component but other than that we can choose the areas that we feel are most important to us as a school.
Pupils are the driving force behind Eco-Schools – they form and lead an Eco-Committee and help to carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of the school. In conjunction with the rest of the school and the wider community, it’s the pupils that decide the environmental themes they want to address and how they are going to do it.
Cranborne school has been working towards gaining each of the three internationally recognised Eco-Schools awards – Bronze, Silver and the Green Flag award, which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity. We still have a lot of work to do in order to gain our Green flag Award. Undertaking the Eco-Schools programme is a long term journey that we have committed to. It will take time us to implement the different elements of the framework and engage all the stakeholders (staff, pupils and community) with it.
We will update our Eco-Schools page with more information as our journey continues.