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Eco-School

Charles Dickens Primary School is committed to educating its pupils about caring for and respecting the environment and developing responsible citizens who are able to make valuable decisions.

As part of our responsibility to the environment and as an Eco-School we aim:

  • To develop an awareness of environmental issues
  • To promote environmental issues and raise awareness among the wider school community
  • To become more sustainable in the school environment and reduce the environmental impact of the whole school
  • To link environmental issues in with the curriculum

Charles Dickens is proud to be an Eco-School and it was awarded its fourth Green Flag in October 2013. The assessor that came to visit the school had the following lovely comments;

“The students in the Eco-Committee were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. They were proud to show me around the school and talk about their involvement. The composition of the Eco-Code Song which weaved the different topics into the lyrics is an astute strategy to demonstrate a spirit of ‘singing the talk’. The use of the school blog to communicate to a wider audience is very commendable – well done Charles Dickens Primary School”.

The whole school works together to ensure that the Eco-School principals are embedded in the daily life of the school and indeed in the whole school community. The staff ensure that work on the nine eco-schools topics is weaved creatively through the curriculum and the children are responsible for electing an Eco-Champion in their classroom. The Eco-champions are then encouraged to act as an eco-role model to the rest of the school, to encourage recycling, reduce litter in the playground, eat healthily and conserve energy. We also have a fantastic garden space which the children use to grow a variety of fruit and vegetables. The garden also plays home to the ‘Charles Dickens Chickens and Quails’, whose eggs are sold in the school office.