What is an Eco School?

Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging millions of children across 64 different countries, making it the largest environmental schools programme in the world.

18 million children attend an Eco-School worldwide.  Eco-Schools is operated globally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), and was launched in 1994 in response to the 1992 UN Rio Earth Summit.

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is the Eco-Schools National Operator for England, where more than 18,000 schools are registered and 1,200 schools currently hold the internationally recognised Eco-Schools Green Flag.

The programme provides a framework for learning and action around nine topics – biodiversity, energy, litter, global citizenship, healthy living, school grounds, transport, waste and water. It follows a very simple seven-step process to lead schools on their journey to achieving a Green Flag Award.

The programme is pupil-led and encourages whole school involvement. It also encourages closer links between schools and their communities. It offers many benefits for individual pupils, developing their knowledge and skills and improving their well-being. There are also many benefits for schools, with an added bonus of saving money.

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Stone Hill School Eco Committee meet at least once every half term to talk about all things green.   This is led with great enthusiasm by Miss Lea, our Eco Committee aims to develop environmental awareness across our school community and to care for and develop our local environment.

2018/2019 Eco Committee
Lower School Upper School Staff
Leo Jackson Isabelle Storey                 Alex Dunkley Miss Lea – Eco Committee Champion
Max Lindley Olivia Fenton                    Jake Bamford Mr M Gallafent – Eco Schools Governor
Jerard Cowburn Dominic Butterworth         Ellis Brannan Mrs Frogson
Jobi Mitchell Leighton Wallace              Callum Willotts Miss Exelby
Iveta Peticka                    Daniel Hooley
Jamie Cawdron                 Aman Rashid


We have already successfully achieved the Bronze and Silver Awards.   We are currently working towards our Green Flag Award. This involves carrying out the following 7 steps:

Environmental Review

  • The Eco-Committee must complete an Environmental Review covering the Eco-Schools nine topics and green procurement policy topics
  • The results have to be recorded – To view our environmental review please click here
  • Pupils are involved in carrying out the review
  • Results of the review are discussed by the Eco-Committee and communicated with the whole school
  • The review must be completed at least once every two years, but ideally should be completed every school year, to enable the Eco-Committee to do follow-up reviews to see the progress your school has made.

Action Plan

  • The Eco-Committee produces a detailed Action Plan – See ours by clicking here
  • The plan contains timescales, who is responsible and how eco work will be monitored and evaluated
  • The Eco-Committee shares the Action Plan with the rest of the school

Linking to the curriculum

  • Sustainability is covered in at least three curriculum areas by most year groups

Involving the whole school and wider community

  • The school has a prominent, designated notice board, detailing Eco-Schools activities
  • The Eco-Committee regularly communicates Eco-Schools activities to the whole school and wider community via assemblies and newsletters
  • The school shares good practice with other schools who wish to join the Eco-Schools programme or who are already engaged in the programme
  • The school shares good practice and supports others within their Eco-Community

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Physical evidence is collected of the school’s progress including data collection and analysis
  • Some monitoring data has been used in curriculum work


  • The school has an agreed, adopted and displayed Eco-Code – click here to view our Eco Code
  • The Eco-Code is displayed on the Eco-Schools notice board and in all classrooms
  • The Eco-Code is known and understood by the majority of pupils and staff

Project work

  • The school completes in-depth work on at least three of the Eco-Schools nine topics, one of which must be energy

The work completed so far:

We have an Eco Mascot – called Planet Potato Man – designed by Max Brinkhurst. Please click here.

We have already achieved our Bronze and Silver Awards by improving our school grounds, making sure that we reduce, reuse and recycle our waste and by learning about how our actions impact on the world around us.

We have developed an Eco Code that is displayed in all classrooms.  It is a green code that we all follow to make our planet a better place to live.


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