Eco-Schools at Upton-by-Chester High School
Upton-by-Chester High School has achieved the International Eco-Schools Green Flag Award in July 2012 and is currently working towards the Ambassador role.
There are 2 Eco-reps per form across the age range. The Eco-Schools Action Team involves pupils in each year group, the Premises Manager and the Canteen Manager and is led by 2 Year 12 students. Over the past 4 years, Eco-leaders have carried out a formal environmental review and the Action Team has met to write a yearly action plan. The Action Team has also written an Eco-Code for the school which is displayed in all classrooms and around the school. To find out more about the successes of the team, please have a look at the press release below as well as the flyer. Pupils have also carried out an online survey on how to best spend the funds raised and obtained over a 1000 responses. They will do assemblies across the age range to report on this and communicate fully with students across the school about future plans later on this term. Well done to all involved, the work you have done in raising awareness about sustainability and changing the mind-set across the school regarding recycling as well as litter issues has been outstanding and recognised through external assessment by Eco-Schools! Out of 174 schools in Cheshire West and Chester, only 24 schools hold the Green Flag Award (13%). Nationally, 326 schools in the North West hold the Green Flag Award out of a total of 1620 registered schools. Again, this is a tremendous achievement!
Launch of Recycling Wall March 2013
The launch of the recycling wall was celebrated by staff, students, governors, members of the community and the Eco-Schools Action Team. Mr R.McCann, conservation artist, designed the murals incorporating students' ideas.
In addition, Year 7 students from each Hall took part in a barrow dash and Mrs S.Holland, Marks and Spencers' Cheshire Oaks Plan A Manager officially launched the recycling wall and cut the green ribbon. Finally, the Green Flag was hoisted by Simon B. for the first time.
Visit to Marks & Spencer's store at Cheshire Oaks
The Eco-Schools Programme
Eco-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. Schools follow a simple seven-step process which helps them to address a variety of environmental themes, ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity.
Students are the driving force behind Eco-Schools – they lead the eco-committee and help carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of their school. Through consultation with the rest of the school and the wider community it is the pupils that decide which environmental themes they want to address and how they are going to do it. Measuring and monitoring is an integral part of the Eco-Schools programme, providing schools with all the evidence they need to really shout about their environmental success.
Schools work towards gaining one of three awards – Bronze, Silver and the prestigious Green Flag award, which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity. Bronze and Silver are both self accredited through the Eco-Schools website and Green Flag is externally assessed by Keep Britain Tidy.
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Students meet Ed Miliband
300 Politics, Environmental Studies and Geography students and all Eco Reps welcomed Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and were able to ask him questions after his speech on the environment in the school hall.
Later, in the International Learning Hub, Ed Miliband met the Eco-schools Action Team and Fairtrade students. He was interviewed by a member of the Action Team, a fantastic opportunity!