Green minded enviro-school wins top award

Heather Wood School with their Environment Champion Award at the Doncaster Superkids 2014. Picture: Andrew Roe
Heather Wood School with their Environment Champion Award at the Doncaster Superkids 2014. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Flying the flag for the environment at the awards ceremony was an inspirational school who picked up the Doncaster Free Press Environment Champion Award.

Picking up the award, sponsored by Taylor Wimpey, and on behalf of pupils were teachers from Heatherwood School, Leger Way in Doncaster.

The special school caters for youngsters aged three to 13 who have profound and multiple disabilities. Many of the pupils have a physical disability and an associated medical condition.

Despite this the school has proved that these pupils are still able to make a valuable contribution to the environment.

Since September 2013 the winning school has had a real eco-focus by involving staff, pupils, parents and external partners within the community.

It all began with money saving ideas in school – an initiative led by the school’s business manager, Dave Thornton – and before that Jackie Webber, who has just retired.

This led the school to realise that it could become an eco-school and, after a comprehensive action plan had been worked through, the school has a bronze award.

Throughout this process the scheme has been driven forward by inspirational head teacher Lisa Suter.

But it was Jackie Webber who started things off and who started the school’s wildlife garden, which included staff and volunteers, including the Rotary Club, giving up their Saturday mornings to work in the garden.

This was later extended to include a bereavement garden, named the Forget-Me-Not Garden.

But focus on the environment did not shift, as the garden includes a solar powered pump.

More recently pupils have taken part in an art project led by Doncaster Community Arts (Darts) using materials that would normally be thrown away.