Bourne Abbey CE Primary Academy have been awarded with their second coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag Award. Since achieving their first green flag in March 2019, both the children and staff have continued their Eco-Schools projects to continue to make a difference to the environment and surrounding community.
Pupil involvement has continued to be a key part of the journey, with children from each making up the Green Team. For their first Green Flag award they chose Energy, Waster and Water as their three eco topics. This time after completing a new environmental review they decided on an additional two areas they wanted to improve: Biodiversity and Transport. They worked together to create an action plan which outlined their actions and next steps. The Green Team led assemblies and held class meetings to inform the whole school about their work, any campaigns and upcoming projects.
Throughout the last two years the school has continued to make links with several organisations such as Anglian Water, Lincolnshire Carbon Ambassadors Scheme, EDF Energy’s The Pod, Empties Please, Big Battery Hunt, Big Bug Hunt, RSPB Bird Watch, School Gardening Award and Living Streets.
Recently, one of the highlights of their journey was working alongside Living Streets the UK charity for everyday walking. The Green Team’s aim was to promote active and sustainable travel. Through their walk to school week and using Travel Tracker they have seen a decrease of 10% in journeys to school by vehicles.
Additionally, the Green Team members in Key Stage 1 enjoyed making the school grounds more insect, bird and butterfly friendly. They planted bulbs in the environmental area and put up bird boxes and feeders. They monitored their impact and noticed an increase of wildlife within the school grounds.
Sarah Moore (Executive Headteacher) said, “Obtaining our second Green Flag award is something that the whole school and its surrounding community can be proud of. Each pupil has the knowledge that their actions can change their local environment for the better. It has been a fantastic initiative for all involved, however it is by no means over, as the greater challenge is to maintain what we have achieved so far and look towards ways of improving even further.”
Miss Worrall and Miss Green (Eco-School Coordinators) explain “Being an Eco School has helped to raise environmental awareness, create community links, improve the environment and become more sustainable. But most importantly it has empowered our pupils to lead change within our school and gives them a voice. It has helped them to see their responsibility to the environment. We are looking forward to our ever-increasing Eco projects over the next two years. We would like to say a massive thank you to our parents and carers for their continuous support with our projects and campaigns over the last two years.”
We are always grateful for support and advice from members of our community and in return the children spread the word of being an Eco School. If anyone feels that they can offer advice, support, equipment or practical help for a ‘one off’ project or on a longer term the children would welcome any enquiries by email on BAP.email@example.com