The Eco-Schools Green Flag is an internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning. Galliard is aiming to achieve the Gold Award by July 2020 having started the journey in September 2019.
The Eco-Schools programme provides a unique opportunity that empowers pupils to lead change within their school and have a positive impact in their wider community. The programme encourages pupils of all ages and abilities to work together to develop their knowledge and environmental awareness. Independent research into the Eco-Schools programme in England found evidence of the positive impacts on pupils, including increased confidence, development of leaderships skills, improved pupil well-being and behaviour and greater motivation at school.
As well as the pupil benefits, which have a hugely positive effect on the whole school community, individual schools benefit from reducing their environmental impact. Eco-Schools consume less water and energy and produce less waste – in turn saving money that can be allocated elsewhere in the school.
As well as focusing on the three areas chosen by Eco Council (Litter, Marine and Water), we are also aiming to raise awareness of sustainable travel and to further improve our school grounds.