SidmouthChurch of England (VA) Primary School

Aspire ~ Flourish ~ Achieve

What we have achieved so far...

What we have achieved so far:


  • We have already been granted Bronze Eco School status, by:

Step 1: Eco-Committee

  • Pupils volunteer and are nominated by their peers to be on the Eco-Committee. This includes all KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4 year groups in the school. Nurseries, colleges and specialist schools can adapt their Eco-Committee to suit their setting.
  • NB. It is not necessary to re-elect the pupils on the Eco-Committee every academic year, allow pupils to remain on the Eco-Committee if they wish, so they are able to see the impacts of their actions.
  • Pupils are given the opportunity to invite along non-teaching staff to join their meetings to help them with a particular topic they have chosen to work on.
  • There is a representation from the parents or governing body on your Eco-Committee.
  • The committee meets at least once every half term.
  • Pupils share responsibility with adults for running meetings and keeping a record of the meetings.
  • Minutes are displayed on your Eco-Board.
  • Reports of your Eco-Committee meetings are made available to the Board of Governors and PTA.
  • Pupil representatives ensure that there is communication to and from the Eco-Committee to the rest of the school.

Step 2: Environmental Review


  • An informal Environmental Review covering all ten topics is carried out by pupils (with adult supervision).
  • A copy of your Environmental Review must be displayed on your Eco-Board and communicated with the whole school along with detailed plans for activities for improvement.
  • It is compulsory for the Green Flag award that your Environmental Review be updated every two years to coincide with your renewal application, however it can be carried out every year as best practice.


Step 3: Action Plan

  • THREE Eco-Schools topics only for first Green Flag (five topics for Green Flag renewals).
  • Your Eco-Committee produces an Action Plan influenced by their Environmental Review.
  • Pupils on the Eco-Committee take responsibility for leading the actions.
  • The Action Plan contains timescales, who is responsible and how targets will be monitored and evaluated.
  • The Eco-Committee has shared the Action Plan with the whole of the school.
  • A copy of the Action Plan is displayed on your Eco-Board.



  • We have introduced decorated bins in the Woolbrook Road playground for everyone to sort out their rubbish from their lunches. We have two large food bins (for biodegradable food waste only), a card & paper bin, a tetrapack drinks carton bin, a recyclable plastic bin, a tin foil bin, and a bin for non-recyclable stuff;


  • We have agreed with Mrs Fegan that no more single use plastic bottles should be in school by January 2019. We also ask that all packed lunches come to school in lunch boxes, not plastic bags;


  • We are trying to encourate everyone to take uneaten food to go home, not throw it in the bin unopened. Same for drinks in tetrapacks - it's better to give it to someone else than just throw it 'away';


  • We have introduced recycling bins into classrooms;


  • We collect pens that no longer work and send them off to Terracycle UK to be recycled (and the school receive a donation for every one recycled so please keep yours and send them in to school;


  • We are starting to be a recycling point for crisp packets from December (tbc) so please start to keep yours ready to bring in;


  • We have a noticeboard in the Woolbrook Road playground which we will be using to promote what we are doing, alongside this website page;


  • We use our litter pickers to do regular clean ups around the school grounds to make sure none of our lunch rubbish escapes out into the environment.




We are now aiming for SILVER Eco School Status. To do this we must:

  • After achieving their Bronze Award, your Eco-Committee will be eager to progress towards the Silver Award, on average this will take around 3-6 months.
  • Step 4: Curriculum Links
  • Environmental issues have been covered in at least three areas of the curriculum by most year groups; this is clearly evident in schemes of work and lesson plans.
  • The three curriculum areas do not have to be from the same three Eco-Schools topics you are working on.
  • Step 5: Informing and Involving
  • Your school has a prominent and designated Eco-Board detailing all Eco-Schools activities, including a copy of your Environmental Review, Action Plan, minutes, before and after photographs and photographs of Eco-Committee members (or list of student names if photos are not possible).
  • Your Eco-Board should be kept up to date.
  • Your Eco-Committee should use a variety of mediums to help communicate their actions: newsletters, school website, the school’s Twitter account – be inventive!
  • The wider community is involved in activities going on in and around the school, for example parents, carers, local businesses, environmental organisations, local churches and residential groups and homes.
  • Links should be made with local Eco-Schools to share best practice.
  • Remember to maintain the excellent progress you made during Steps 1, 2 & 3 also!