Students, staff, parents, governors and members of the local authority have all helped to fulfil the criteria for the award which covered ten separate areas on the green agenda. Recently pupils have tried to encourage parents to car share, have introduced battery recycling and brought in kitchen caddies and compost bins so that organic waste gets composted.
Students have raised awareness of environmental issues by setting up an eco-group page on the school website and assemblies have been given by both pupils and Cumbria County Council as part of the carbon count project to highlight the impact on the environment of reducing energy, both in school and at home. And if the achievement of being given the silver award wasn’t enough, the school has simultaneously received the Eco-Schools Bronze Award as they had completed the work required for both.
Current year 12 student, Adam Clayton, has been leading the group for several years and was overjoyed with the news: “I couldn’t have done it without the other pupils and staff who have helped towards achieving these two fantastic awards”.
Other pupils who have been active members of the school’s eco-group and have worked with Adam over the past year include Ben Cowan, Jasmine Storey, Neve Tweedie and Kyra Williams.
Principal at The Whitehaven Academy, Lynette Norris added: “I am thrilled that the hard work of this very committed team has paid off. I feel very proud that the school has been recognised with both the Bronze and Silver Eco-Schools Awards. A big thank you goes to the eco-group, staff, parents and governors; but an especially big thank you must go to the pupils themselves. Brilliant!”