Environmental awareness

We want to engage the whole School community to take action right now on the issues of climate change and sustainability.

Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world

Recognising that the time to act is now, we have joined the Eco-Schools programme. It is the largest educational programme in the world, present in 67 countries and around 52,000 schools. The Eco-Schools Green Flag is an internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning.

Our Eco-committee

In September 2019 we held elections to establish a student-led Eco-committee. The aim of the Eco-committee is to achieve the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award for Downe House by summer 2020.

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Green Flag Award

So, how can we try to get the Green Flag Award? Every school taking part in the Eco-Schools programme follows the same Seven Step framework that takes schools between one and two academic years to complete and the process is designed to engage the whole school and its wider community. The process includes:

  • Establishing a student-elected Eco-committee with one representative from each year group
  • The Eco-committee conducts an environmental audit of the school in all ten Eco-Schools topics – these include: Biodiversity, Energy, Litter, Water, Healthy Living, Transport and Waste
  • Using the results from the environmental audit, the Eco-committee decides on an action plan for three chosen topic areas
  • The committee oversees the implementation of the action plan and monitor its success
  • Eco-committee consistently shares their plans and findings with the school through school assemblies, online media and the Eco-committee board

Hopefully, by gathering evidence of these stages outlined, this will enable us to achieve the Green Flag Award!

Environmental awareness at Downe House

Whilst we work towards the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award, there are already inspiring examples of how we are working towards reducing our environmental impact and improve our sustainability. These include:

  • Food waste is collected and broken into biofertiliser and biogas
  • Wildflower areas which are wildlife havens, are being developed around School
  • Saplings have been collected and grown in the School polytunnel to re-plant in the woods
  • Building the infrastructure for electric car charging points
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Visits & Open Mornings

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?

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