It is the Government’s plan that every school in Britain be sustainable by 2020. With this in mind, Spratton Hall aims to make sustainability part of its core ethos and the Eco-Schools award is a way of guiding us towards this end. The award programme examines the way the school works and drives actions to reduce the impact of the school on the Earth. It provides a simple framework to enable us to examine our operations and puts the pupils at the heart of things. It looks at the whole process, including monitoring, action planning and decision-making.
In Summer 2009 we were awarded the Eco-Schools Bronze Award. This was quite an easy achievement as much of what the school already did could be counted. We launched a new regular paper recycling scheme which was administered by our appointed representatives called Eco-Reps.
By Summer 2010 we had achieved our much harder Eco-Schools Silver Award which is based around the following nine topics:
Transport, Energy, School Grounds, Water, Biodiversity, Healthy living, Litter, Waste and Global Citizenship.
To gain our Silver Award we completed a major study on Global Citizenship. This included the teaching of citizenship and Fair Trade, and we developed links with Ed Stafford, who was at the time walking the length of the Amazon.
Part of the Eco-Schools initiative is to regularly inform and educate all areas of the school. We have a dedicated Eco noticeboard which displays our Eco-code and other events taking place, such as Earth Hour or Switch-Off Fortnight. We now recycle cardboard and plastic and have introduced named, reusable water bottles to cut down on plastic waste. The Eco-Reps carry out audits of rooms to identify areas of the school which are too hot or members of staff who leave the lights on! We have tried other schemes, some more successful than others, and are looking into the development of the rose garden into a wildlife area.