Cowley International College is delighted and proud to have achieved the prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.
The Green Flag Award is an internationally recognised accreditation that is the highest award from Eco-Schools, given to schools that are working hard towards making and keeping their schools sustainable. It is based on 10 areas of sustainability: healthy living, waste, school grounds, litter, transport, marine, biodiversity, energy, global citizenship and water.
To achieve this award, the College’s Eco-Committee put together an action plan for how the College can work on each of these areas and monitor them across the year.
Students and staff were surveyed to see which sections of sustainability the College was already good at as well as areas for improvement, they demonstrated how sustainability is linked into the curriculum, designed a new Eco Charter and ran several events, competitions and campaigns throughout the College around sustainability.
Miss Petterson, Sustainability Coordinator at Cowley, explained about the work of the College’s Eco-Committee.
She said: “Our Eco-Committee consists of students right the way through from Year 7 to Year 13 and they all volunteer their time to work on environmental issues in College.
“The students are all extremely passionate about the environment and sustainability and they have worked really hard to help us to achieve this award.
“We have run a number of initiatives to promote sustainability with the College, including a jellyfish sculpture made out of plastic bottles which we collected on a litter pick. This was displayed in the main reception of College to raise awareness of single use plastic waste.”
The College’s Headteacher, Mr Cormack, added: “Cowley is incredibly proud to have achieved this award. It is a reflection of the hard work of our Eco Committee, students and staff in caring for the environment in and around College.
“We have recently introduced an Eco Charter which includes a number of measures, such as reusable water bottles to reduce plastic waste, recycling paper, plastic and batteries and turning off lights and computers in rooms that are not being used.
“A lot of hard work has been done at the College so far to help us achieve this award, and we will continue our efforts to help keep Cowley as sustainable as possible for future generations of Cowleians.”
The Green Flag Award is valid for two years, after which time the College must reapply for the accolade.
In the meantime, Cowley remains committed to running regular events, competitions and campaigns to make sure everyone knows about sustainability at the College, with an Eco-Committee functioning on both the 11-16 and Sixth Form sites for students to get involved with.
For more information about Eco-Schools, please visit www.eco-schools.org.uk.