Eco-Schools

Our Eco Code

The Eco-Schools programme is an internationally recognized scheme set up for schools to analyse their operations and become more sustainable.

By following the programme, schools become a more stimulating place in which to learn, whilst reducing the environmental impact of the whole school on the community.

The scheme is rooted in a genuine desire to help children become more effective citizens by encouraging them to take responsibility for the future of their own environment. It is not about environmental excellence, it is about schools starting to look at how it impacts upon the environment and how this is decided upon and can be managed.

Pupil involvement is a key part of the Eco-Schools programme. Having pupils engaged in the whole process, including monitoring, action planning and decision-making, leads to genuine ownership of the programme and an increase in their sense of responsibility for the school environment and local area. At St Thomas’ pupil involvement is through the school council and the Eco Detectives after school club.

Garstang St Thomas registered with the programme in June 2007 and by September had been awarded with the bronze certificate. In October 2007 we achieved the silver certificate and are now working towards achieving the prestigious Green Flag award. Any parents, children or friends of the school who would like to be involved can speak to Mrs Hodge in the school office.

Our Reception & Year One classes are now lucky enough to be able to take part in a new Forest Schools initiative run by the Rural Wyre Children's Centre. For more information on what this involves please click here.

The school has also gained the Woodland Trust Green Tree Schools coveted Gold award and received numerous Young Wyre in Bloom awards.During the 2010-11 academic year one of our major eco-projects was the development and extension of our kitchen garden area turning wasted land like this :

 

  into a garden like this

 this is how we did it... 

 As part of our continued committment to the environment, our Reception and Year One classes are taking part in a new Forest Schools initiative run in conjunction with the Rural Wyre Children's Centre. To learn more about this initiative please click here.