3rd September 22
Many congratulations to Mrs Perry and the brilliant Eco-Committee who have once again been awarded the much coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag after another year of fantastic work at the Prep School. This is what Eco Schools had to say about Claremont.
It’s wonderful that you have appointed such a large and representative Eco-Committee, this shows your school’s excellent commitment to both the programme and the eco-cause. We love your democratic and fair approach to appointing Eco-Committee members. It’s great to see that other pupils played a part in the process. We love that you kept minutes from your meetings and that they helped to track, guide and prompt your activity, and thank you for including the excellent example and PowerPoint. It was great to see that young people were responsible for completing those meeting minutes – this helps them develop new skills! This is a mature and professional approach. Great work!
It was wonderful to see how completing your Environmental Review helped to raise the level of awareness in your school and helped your Eco-Committee to identify the issues and spot gaps in your school’s existing environmental activity. But equally important is that it helped you to recognise the great work that you were already doing. This helps to keep up the good activity whilst making you feel empowered to do different things. We love this!
We love the range of activities that you and your Eco-Committee planned for delivery. The fact that they cover both indoor (a reducing single-use plastics campaign, banning glitter & balloons, a Fairtrade Fortnight and promoting FT products in the canteen) and outdoor (planting new vegetable beds and a small school fruit orchard) activities is excellent. It was also great to see accountability and monitoring and evaluation clearly marked in your Action Plan.
Great work! You’ve clearly embedded the ethos of the Eco-Schools programme far and wide in your school! We’re really impressed at how you’ve linked environmental issues to a variety of curriculum areas.
We loved seeing the excellent examples of your the ‘ISP Futures’ and ‘Eco-Warriors’ Assembly PowerPoints with the lovely photos of pupil’s work, posters and of them enjoying their activities. This is a great example of layering in sustainability and climate change into your studies. We loved reading about how you had incorporated learning about global issues not only into the Geography and Science Curriculum (most common ones) in your school, but also into other areas such as Maths and Art. Great work!
Your Eco-Board is great. Your board is incredibly visual and engaging and promotes your work in a very attractive way. It’s also good to see your Eco-Committee members on the board. This is a great way to raise their esteem and make their schoolmates feel like they can approach them and get involved with your Eco-Schools work!
We love how active your Eco-Committee was in communicating their activities school-wide with both assembly and class feedback and use of your own school newspaper, parental newsletter and social media as well as the Eco-board itself.
These all combine to make a great approach! We love that your pupils have taken their great work beyond the school gates and into their local community by making sleeping bags for the homeless with the Crisp Packet Project (superb) and planting your own fruit orchard with One Planet Matters (excellent!)
We are certain that your pupils will have greatly benefitted from your involvement with such outside organisations as the Bexhill Fairtrade Town Committee, the Marine Conservation Society and Dom’s Food Mission. The parent quote is a great testament to the work that you are doing with your Eco-Committee, that they are taking their Eco-Schools work home with them and getting their families on board is something to be proud of! I hope you and your Eco-Committee take great pride in your achievements, when listed it’s almost astonishing how many there are – however, the real improvements to your school environment with the plastics reducing and biodiversity initiatives and, most of all, your lovely new orchard and community work in helping the homeless (we loved those) all nicely stand out! Everyone involved should be incredibly proud of the changes they have made.
We thought your Eco-Code was brilliant! It was punchy and really creative, setting out tangible and accessible calls to action your whole school can get behind! Congratulations to everyone for the great work you have managed to do, earning your Green Flag with style. You should all be very proud of your work and the application you have submitted!