Eco-warriors praised for green credentials

Left to right Hatchell Wood Primary Chair of Governors Cathryn Street, MP Caroline Flint and Headteacher Jeremy Harris with School Council members Rio, Melissa, Alex and Alicia.
Left to right Hatchell Wood Primary Chair of Governors Cathryn Street, MP Caroline Flint and Headteacher Jeremy Harris with School Council members Rio, Melissa, Alex and Alicia.
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A primary which makes caring for the planet a priority has been granted “eco-school” status.

Hatchell Wood Primary is part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Eco Schools Programme that encourages schools to address a range of environmental themes, ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity.

Pupils at the Cantley school have formed an eco-committee and help to carry out an audit to assess its environmental performance.

As part of the scheme the school now has light monitors to check and switch off lights and computers when a class leaves a room and a commitment to recycling.

It also looks at alternative ways to contact parents rather than letters such a text service.

Don Valley MP and shadow energy minister Caroline Flint is encouraging other Doncaster schools to become eco-schools after being impressed during a recent visit to Hatchell Wood Primary.

She said: “The staff and governors have made great strides by joining Keep Britain Tidy’s Eco-schools programme.

“This programme is great way to teach children lifelong habits about not wasting energy or other resources.

“The school is now building towards a silver award under the programme. This is more than teaching children not to litter – it is the whole school looking at saving energy and resources.”

As well as receiving praise for its eco-friendly ways, the school is also celebrating after receiving a “good” Ofsted rating.

Ms Flint added: “I have no doubt that this is a good school which has a lot to offer parents and children.

“Meeting staff and governors added further reassurance about the quality of this school and the commitment of its staff and governors.”

Visit www.eco-schools.org.uk for more.