Now here is something to celebrate. We have just been awarded our third green flag this year, making it our sixth year as an Eco school.
We work hard to reduce the impact we have on the wellbeing of the world. We continue to recycle compostable waste, paper, card, plastic, metal, glass and ink cartridges. The compost we produce is used in our sensory garden and on our allotment where we grow a variety of vegetables.
A high priority as an Eco school is to monitor and reduce energy use which is why students and staff are encouraged to switch off lights and computer equipment when finished with. Energy usage is studied in curriculum areas such as Household Skills, Maths, Science and ICT.
Many aspects of the school curriculum reflect Eco schools and enable pupils to access the local environment and learn to value, respect and appreciate living things. Animal care (Asdan accreditation), mini beast hunts, work experience in local garden centre, and stilling experiences in the outdoor environment are just some of the learning experiences our pupils access.
Because of the nature of our pupils’ transport arrangements getting to and from school, we mainly focus on increasing walking and use of public transport within the school day. The school has recently been campaigning to maintain the local bus service through letter writing, completing questionnaires and surveys, interviews and meetings, and increasing use of the public facility.
The sensory garden, allotment, outdoor classroom and other outdoor areas provide our students with many multi-sensory learning experiences. Students develop practical and social skills including maintenance, planting, watering and orienteering.
The Eco committee has facilitated change in many areas of our school and community over the past six years, ranging from introducing composting and recycling as a curriculum activity supported by the local council, to hosting a fair trade promotional event for the local community, and campaigning against dog fouling in the local area in partnership with the community police officers and town council. Recent opportunities students have experienced include den building at Ford Park, surveying and making changes to the school grounds, and numerous successful work placements.
Enrichment experiences enable our students to become more aware of their place in the local community and expand their view of the wider world, developing respect for themselves and others, particularly from different cultures. Highlights include the Sixth form Paris trip, Chinese New year celebrations, links with the community police and local fire officers, 1950s Jubilee street party, participation in the Ulverston carnival and the flag festival.