Eco SchoolsEco Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.

At St Olave’s we began our eco-journey with the completion of the Bronze Award. The Silver Award followed; we’re now working on the Green Flag.

To get Green Flag status a school has to show a continued commitment to improving in a number of environmental areas. It is assessed externally and must be reassessed every 3 years, in which time the school must show continuing improvement.

Some of the other things we do for the environment include:

  • working with the Estates staff to make sure the recycling facilities are used properly in School
  • carrying out food waste audits, encouraging pupils to only take what they can eat and not to waste food
  • making eco gifts and selling spring bulbs on fundraising stalls
  • taking part in Switch Off Fortnight and Waste Week – national campaigns to raise awareness in schools
  • creating a tree of promises in the main foyer, where students write pledges on leaves to do their bit for the environment for the new year

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York is well serviced for environmental education.St Nicholas Fields, a local inner city nature reserve and sustainability centre, runs teaching workshops throughout the year for children of all ages.