At Dean Bank Primary and Nursery School, we are a dedicated Eco school. We have an ‘Eco-Team’ that consists of pupils from year 4 to year 6 and is supported by Miss Potts.
We work hard to improve our school grounds, monitor electricity usage and we also take part in the Walk Once a Week project (WoW) to encourage children to travel to school in an eco-friendly ways, leading to a reduction in pollution from cars as well as making pupils healthier. We meet at least once each half term to look at ways to improve our school and discuss any ways we can make our school more eco-friendly, including turning lights and computers off when the classrooms are not in use, monitoring litter on the school yard and promoting recycling.
Our fantastic team have already earned some special awards and we will be striving to achieve even more in the 2016-2017 academic year.
Green Tree School Award
In June 2016, we achieved the silver level of the Green Tree Schools Award, which is an award from the Woodland Trust that recognises work done in schools for completing environmental projects and encouraging outdoor learning.
In 2016-2017 we will be working towards the gold award. You can read more about the award on the Woodlands Trust website.
In April 2016, our Eco-Team achieved the Bronze Eco-Schools Award. Some of the things that we did to earn the award are listed below. In 2016-2017 we are aiming for at least the silver award!
- The school has an Eco-Committee consisting of pupils and adults
- The Eco-Committee has completed an Environmental Review covering the Eco-Schools nine topics
- The Eco-Committee has produced a basic Action Plan influenced by the Environmental Review and shared the plan with the rest of the school community
- The school can indicate that environmental issues have been covered within curriculum work
- The school has a prominent, designated notice board, detailing Eco-Schools activities
The Eco Schools website has further information about the Eco awards and can be found on the Eco Schools website.