Eco-School' Green Flag - Distinction 2024-2025

Pupils at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy have been awarded a prestigious Eco-Schools’ Green Flag

This academic year, pupils at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academyreceived international accreditation for their exceptional work in promoting sustainability and raising environmental awareness amongst their peers.

The Eco-Schools programme, established in 1994, is now implemented in over 70 countries worldwide. In 2023-24, more than 1.4 million pupils attended an Eco-School in England.

Pupils at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy used Eco-Schools’ tried-and-trusted seven-step framework to create positive change. Initially, a pupil-led Eco-Committee was established. This committee took responsibility for spearheading their school’s environmental initiatives, with support from Mr Tomlinson. They first conducted a thorough review of their school environment and curriculum, before developing a year-long plan of action.

Their Action Plan focussed on 3 key issues: A sustainable garden area, a planting tunnel and a wildlife area and activities included making bird boxes, growing vegetables and making raised beds. These activities were thoughtfully selected to increase environmental awareness, bolster their school’s sustainability, and make meaningful contributions to global conservation efforts.

Speaking about their achievements, staff member Mr Tomlinsonsaid, ‘Our students used the CARE values of our school which supported the pupils’ efforts and ethos.’

Eco-Schools England Manager, Adam Flint, said: ‘The Eco-Schools’ Green Flag is an international benchmark that demonstrates a commitment to fighting climate change and high standard of sustainable practice. Students and staff who earn this award deserve recognition for their dedication toward protecting our planet. Every day, they demonstrate that each of us can contribute to making our planet a better, more sustainable, place.’

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