Students at Ormiston Denes Academy awarded a coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag

Students at Ormiston Denes Academy have earned an international accreditation this academic year, recognising their amazing work in making their school more environmentally friendly and raising eco-awareness in fellow students.

Eco-Schools is an international education programme that prompts young people to explore sustainability and climate change and take action.

Students at Ormiston Denes Academy collaborated with their Eco-Lead, Jo Robson to conduct an environmental review, assessing how eco-friendly their school is. They reviewed everything from the school’s recycling practices, to energy usage, to how environmental themes are covered in classrooms. Building on their findings, the students and Jo planned a year of activities that would up their green-credentials.

The group connected their work to 3 Eco-Schools topics: School Grounds, Waste and Marine.

Activities included taking part in the Big Plastic Count and Earth Day 2022 and beginning a bit project to develop the current school garden into an eco-garden.

The Eco-Council Committee of 11 students have worked very hard to make changes at Ormiston Denes Academy and in the local community for a better planet.  Two students said, “I have learnt more and more different ways to recycle and make the world a better place(Layla Fox, Year 8) and “I have really enjoyed it, it’s been good fun and it’s really nice to doing something to help the environment” (Kieron Manson, Year 10).

Eco-Schools England Manager, Adam Flint, said: “Earning an Eco-Schools Green Flag Award takes passion, commitment and a desire to make a difference. Students should be proud of their great work. They’re an inspiration and it makes us feel heartened and positive about the future of our planet.”

To learn more about Eco-Schools head to www.eco-schools.org.uk 

Posted in Academy news on 21st July 2022.

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