The Eco-Schools Green Flag is an international accreditation that recognises efforts to raise environmental awareness amongst young people, whilst taking action to make their school more sustainable. Pleckgate High School has now retained its status as an accredited Eco-School, following their achievement this year with merit.
The Eco-Schools programme was established in 1994 and is now delivered in more than 70 countries across the globe. The programme prompts young people to explore a variety of environmental issues, including climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss. Pupils are then empowered to plan and deliver environmental actions in their school, local community, and beyond.
Since Pleckgate High School began working towards an Eco-Schools Green Flag during 2021, achievements have included planting fifteen shrub saplings and growing a wild flower area to help our local species to thrive.
And this year, pupils at Pleckgate High School have built on these strong foundations, collaborating with Mrs Banks to work on three Eco-Schools topics: healthy living, biodiversity and waste. They then planned a variety of projects including obtaining more recycling bins in classrooms, building bug hotels, locating the best spots for our Pleckgate bird houses, and visiting a working dairy farm.
Staff member Mrs Banks said, I am so proud of their hard work this year. Achieving the Green Flag Award with Merit is an outstanding achievement that the pupils thoroughly deserve. Our weekly lunchtime meetings have a budding number of attendees who are always packed with ideas and passion which gives me great pride.
Eco-Schools England Manager, Adam Flint, said: “The Eco-Schools Green Flag award is an internationally recognised symbol of high environmental standards. The pupils and school staff that earn the award deserve immense credit for their hard work, determination, and creativity. Their passion for protecting our planet is an inspiration to us all. ”
To learn more about Eco-Schools head to www.eco-schools.org.uk and follow for updates on our School Twitter account @PleckgateHigh as we start our journey towards the Green Flag Award with Distinction in the next academic year.