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Trio of schools awarded Green Flags

Published on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

CHILDREN at three Leicester primary schools are celebrating their success in an internationally-recognised environmental award scheme.

Glebelands Primary, Humberstone Junior Academy and Overdale Infant schools are the latest city schools to achieve the coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag Award that recognises excellence across a wide range of environmental activity.

All three schools were visited by an assessor – and each was able to demonstrate that they have successfully incorporated sustainability into daily school life.

Cllr Adam Clarke, deputy city mayor with responsibility for the environment, said: “I’m very pleased that three more Leicester schools have demonstrated their commitment to sustainability and have been rewarded with a Green Flag.

“The Eco-Schools programme aims to help every school in the country become sustainable – and to ensure that good habits learned at school are taken home and shared throughout communities.

“These three schools are encouraging their young people to be more environmentally aware, but by reducing their waste or cutting down on their energy consumption, they will also save money that can be reinvested back into the school.”

The young ‘Eco Warriors’ at Overdale Infant School have been praised by their headteacher for their excellent work that helped the school earn its Green Flag. The children’s determination to remove plastic straws from their school, for example, resulted in the school changing its milk supplier to one who could provide biodegradable straws.

Headteacher Karen Stuart said: “We are incredibly excited to have been awarded our Green Flag for the work that our Eco Warriors have done in school.

“As an Infant School, we want to ensure that our children are taught to look after and treasure the environment they live in.”

Lee Wray-Davies, Eco-Schools Manager at Keep Britain Tidy, said: “Thanks to Leicester’s unusual term dates, we were able to assess the three schools in August when most schools are closed.

“These schools have therefore achieved something special. They’ve not only earned a coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag, but they are also the first schools in the programme’s 24-year history to earn this international award in August!”

There are now 30 Green Flag Eco-Schools in Leicester, with five more due to be assessed by Keep Britain Tidy later this month.

Three levels of award are available to participating schools. Good environmental practice is rewarded along the way to Green Flag success with bronze and silver awards.

Most Leicester schools – 102 out of 110 – have now registered for the national Eco-Schools programme. All the schools on the scheme are supported by the city council, which works with them on their energy reduction and recycling programmes, and helps them increase biodiversity and improve air quality at their sites.