Going Green: Glorious!

Pupil involvement is a key part of the Eco-Schools scheme and our Eco Warriors team consisted of children representatives from all classes, with adults for support. Parents, Governors and Staff have all played a part in our success.

In December 2018, we were ready for our Green Flag assessment and welcomed Mr Ingham (Green Flag Assessor) to our school for day. He commented that ‘it was clear to me that Bourne Elsea Park C of E Primary Academy has embraced the Eco-Schools topics throughout and beyond the whole school community, with the Executive Head, head teacher, staff and pupils showing a real enthusiasm for the topics. I found the staff to be welcoming and the pupils to be polite, enthusiastic and knowledgeable regarding eco topics and they were a credit to the school. Well done to everyone and keep up the great work.’   

The Eco Warriors shared their journey with Mr Ingham and explained how they completed an environmental audit of the school and decided on the three areas they wanted to improve: Waste, Water and Energy. They worked together to create an action plan that outlined their actions and next steps. The Eco Warriors regularly lead assemblies to inform the whole school about their work, any campaigns and upcoming projects.

Throughout the journey the school has made links with several organisations such as Anglian Water, Lincolnshire Carbon Ambassadors Scheme, EDF Energy’s The Pod, Bag 2 School, Valpak, Diverse Utility Solutions and Empties Please to raise the profile of our eco work within school particularly recycling. 

Sarah Moore (Executive Head teacher/CEO) said, “Obtaining our first Green Flag award is something that the whole school and its surrounding community can be proud of.  Each pupil has the knowledge that their actions can change their local environment for the better.  It has been a fantastic initiative for all involved, however it is by no means over, as the greater challenge is to maintain what we have achieved so far and look towards ways of improving even further.”

 ‘This wasn’t just about receiving an award, we are preparing and developing our pupils in becoming responsible adults and environmentally sustainable citizens. Eco is now a natural part of our school life, woven throughout the curriculum and school day. We would like to say a massive thank you to parents and carers for supporting us with our various projects and campaigns over the past two years. We are already looking at our next steps that need to be completed before our Green Flag renewal in December 2020,’ said Miss Worrall and Mrs Simpson (Eco-School Coordinators). 

We are always grateful for support and advice from members of our community and in return the children spread the word of being an Eco School. If anyone feels that they can offer advice, support, equipment or practical help for a ‘one off’ project or on a longer term the children would welcome any enquiries by email on enquiries@elseaparkacademy.lincs.sch.uk