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Eco School Accreditation Success

20th June 22

We are delighted to share that King Alfred School has been officially designated an Eco-School and awarded an Eco-Schools Green Flag with merit.

The award is an international accreditation that has recognised and rewarded young people’s environmental actions for over 25 years and is a way to acknowledge, reward and celebrate the ecological achievements of young people.

Estates Administrator, Anna, collated the work that is already going on across the school and is planning on improvements to our processes and practices which will reduce our impact on the planet even more.

The feedback commented on the ‘incredible depth of our environmental review’, the impressive way we are ‘looking at climate change in a holistic way including through the curriculum’, and the ‘heartening and inspiring way that pupils have been engaged with the programme’.  Responding to the issues around sustainability and empowering the next generation has never felt more important, and this is a significant step in the right direction.

It also complements our thinking on the further development of the site where we committed to minimising our carbon footprint through maximising energy efficiency and minimising new carbon in the way we develop our buildings.

The new Sixth Form Centre was built using sustainable materials

Some of the things the Eco Schools looked at were: Our Eco Committee of staff committed to furthering our efforts, Eco Warriors who lead on activities like litter picking and recycling in Lower School, the biodiversity of the site, the ways our students engage with the world and local community, tree planting, reduction of food waste and increased recycling facilities.

Trees ready for planting
Year 2 students get stuck in planting trees
Lower School students on their climate march

One area which is less visible but a crucial part of becoming an Eco School were the curriculum links. Teachers from Departments across the school shared how they had been integrating eco initiatives into their lessons making it a part of learning.

Anna also worked with some of our Sixth Form students to put together an eco code based upon what they thought was important.

Sixth Form Biologists looking at biodiversity at Flatford Mill


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