Eco-Schools is an environmental education programme and is managed in England by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, the anti-litter campaign for England. Eco-Schools England has the most Eco-Schools in the world, with 70% of all schools in England currently registered with the programme (that’s just shy of 17,000 schools).
The Eco-Schools International Programme was developed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) http://www.fee.global/as a response to some of the needs identified at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development.
The Programme’s official start was in 1994, with support of Denmark, Germany, Greece and the United Kingdom.
Eco-Schools is now run in 53 countries around the world, linking more than 40,000 schools – from the UK to France and from Morocco to South Africa.
At Little Kingshill Combined School, we worked hard to secure the first Green Flag in December 2010.
The Eco-Schools programme is focused on nine key topics. These are:
Energy, bio-diversity, school grounds, healthy living, water, transport, litter, waste and global citizenship.
The focus for our first Green Flag application was on developing the school grounds, creating an environmental garden and growing spaces for flowers and vegetables. Our work in this space has even been highlighted in the Guardian newspaper: http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2012/aug/30/little-kingshill-school-eco-projects
We have since successfully renewed the Green Flag status.
The flag is due for renewal again in 2016. We have focused on the area of energy, trying to reduce our carbon footprint by installing UPVC double glazed windows and doors throughout the whole school as well as solar panels.
More information on our solar panels initiative can be found here: http://www.littlekingshillschool.co.uk/school-life/solar-schools/