Here’s a list of just some of the things we’re doing to reduce our environmental impact. All of the photos used were taken at school!
Food waste from the Main Dining Room is currently collected by the waste recycling company Grundon and taken to Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants to be broken down into biofertiliser and biogas.
Wildflower areas have already been sown on the footpath to the Palmer Centre and behind the Murray Centre. Wildflower areas provide critical habitats for pollinators and protect biodiversity and we’re already planning to create more around school.
Did you know that the School Council in collaboration with the Leadership Team have are aiming to significantly cut down on our disposable plastic waste? No more plastic cups! We’ve got Ecoffee Cup re-useable bamboo cups available around the school!
We deliberately plant lavender and other bee-friendly plants and flowers around school to attract pollinators. See if you can spot them!
Next time you walk around site, look out for these green tanks next to drainpipes which collect rainwater to be re-used onsite by Estates.
We’re thinking long-term by collecting saplings from across the site and growing them in the school polytunnel. Once they’re ready we’re going to re-plant them in the woods.
When we rolled out the new uniform, we worked with Stevensons to gift our old uniform to a charity, Clothing Relief, to be reused around the world.
We take cuttings from our summer plants and store them in our polytunnel over winter to be re-planted the next year.
For all recent and future building work, we are committed to using only LED lighting. LED lights don’t produce as much heat and are made of non-toxic materials which are 100% recyclable.
You can spot log piles in the woodland around site which provide an essential habitat for lots of wildlife including insects. The Science department can use these areas to study wildlife onsite.
The best way to find out more about Downe House, is to come and experience it for yourself – arrange a visit or join us for one of our Open Mornings?Discover