In response to the mounting evidence that we are affecting the climate we are pleased to be participating in the Eco-Schools programme.  Our aim is to change our actions and behaviours so that we cause less detriment to the planet, to other species and to our own species.

We do not inherit the Earth from our parents….We borrow it from our children

Contact Miss Skennerton if you are interested in getting involved:  skennertons@fullbrook.surrey.sch.uk

Information for students

To achieve Eco-school Green flag status, there are 10 topic areas identified {Biodiversity, Energy, Global Citizenship, Healthy Living, Litter, Marine, School Grounds, Transport., Waste and Water}, for which we need to take action on 3 of them. A combination of the students on the Eco committee and the School Council voted for Litter, Waste and Energy to be our three topics.

Here are some of the things that you can do to help:
Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle – think about the products you buy and what happens to them when you have finished with them.

Ask your period 5 teacher if you can close the windows and turn off the lights & whiteboard screens at the end of the lesson. 

Information for parents

Greener schools: what parents can do

As a parent you can help reduce the environmental impact of the school day. Actions you can take include thinking about how your child gets to school and trying to influence school policy through active involvement you have with the school – like being a parent governor.  Below are some initial ideas:

Getting to school

One of the main areas where you can have an effect is choosing how your child gets to school. Private car travel is a big source of carbon emissions, so finding alternative ways of getting to school will make a difference.

Things you could do include:

  • try to use greener methods of transport – cycling, walking or public transport
  • nominate one day a week (or more) as a walk or cycle to school day
  • suggest that your school supplies pupils with secure cycle sheds and safe routes to school
  • if you have to travel by car, see if you can share with a neighbour or friend

Food and drink at school

Producing, transporting and consuming food is responsible for nearly a third of the impact on climate change. Choices about packed lunches, tuck shops and the canteen can help the environment – and can often have additional benefits for children’s health:

  • suggest stocking fresh, locally in season or Fairtrade produce in the tuck shop or canteen
  • suggest, or offer to set up, a school fruit and vegetable garden; this could also provide many learning opportunities and links to the curriculum
  • use a sturdy lunch box and drink bottles you can reuse to cut down on packaging waste
  • visit  ‘Love food hate waste’ for more ideas

Information for staff

Reducing waste at school

There are many opportunities to reduce waste at school. For example, you could encourage the school to:

  • set up recycling bins in the classroom and encourage pupils to recycle
  • reduce the amount of packaged goods in lunchboxes to cut down the amount of waste
  • use both sides of paper to reduce waste
  • set up a scheme to encourage pupils to pass on or sell old text books to other pupils once they’ve finished with them
  • consider setting up a compost bin at the school to reduce food waste
  • arrange a visit to a local landfill or recycling site so pupils can see what happens to their waste

Saving energy at school

Saving energy can both save money and help the environment. Suggestions for saving energy in a school could include:

  • encouraging pupils to turn off lights and electronic equipment when they have finished using them
  • switching off computer monitors and printers properly instead of leaving them on standby