EcoEco 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

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.