Eco Schools
Eco School

St. Mary's - Eco School

St. Mary's are always working hard to maintain and improve our environment. Pupils and adults work together - we call ourselves:

Our Eco Committee

St. Mary’s Eco Committee is headed and organised by Mrs Chung (Healthy Eating/ Forest Schools/Eco Governor). The drive is to ensure that school sustains its efforts in helping to make St. Mary’s an ‘eco-friendly’ school.

Eco School's - Green Flag Award!

Our first Eco School's highest Green Flag Award was received in 2012.

The Green Flag Award was re-accredited in June 2015 and once again, more recently in March 2018.

Eco School's - Green Flag Re-accredited!

We thought you might like to read the Assessor's comment. Well done Mrs Chung once again and to the whole of the Eco Committee.

Assessor's Comments 2018

"Mrs Chung is a wonderful role model for the children, she puts in so much of her time and energy into the Eco Committee and the work that they do. The Eco-Committee are so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. It is a very caring school and everyone is quite rightly so, very proud of their achievements. Well done and thank you for such a wonderful visit."


Assessor’s Comments 2015:

“The whole committee and school are clearly heavily involved and committed to the themes of the Eco-School programme and their Action Plan.  As well as being successful within the school, this has also extended to the wider community, with the children influencing decisions around fair trade and supply chains.

It was clear to see that the children were all incredibly enthusiastic about their individual actions as well as the wider school and community initiatives.  They were constantly telling me and showing me all of the projects they have been involved with and were heavily engaged in the delivery and extremely proud of their achievements.

Mrs Chung and the Committee are also well supported by the headteacher who is also actively engaged in the programme, and in particular is driving the global links and initiatives to install renewable energy on the school building.  Well done and keep up the great work.”


Eco Monitors

Two Eco Monitors are elected annually from each class. They are given special eco responsibilities and roles.

Eco Projects undertaken  include:

  • Re-cycling - paper, toner, uniforms, batteries.
  • Composting - fruit and vegetable waste, kitchen and gardening waste.
  • Wildlife Area - providing habitats, pond life, planting and mulching.
  • Gardening - nurturing our 'Peace Garden' and planters.
  • Water Butts -collecting rainwater and using it for watering
  • Vegetable Garden - digging a plot for planting.
  • Seedlings & Crops - Sowing seeds and planting crops.
  • Herb & Salad Garden.
  • Hedge and Tree planting - Over 650 hedge plants and 60 trees planted.
  • Litter picking - keeping our school grounds tidy.
  • Monitoring electricity consumption within our school.
  • In the process of building an eco friendly greenhouse - out of pop bottles.
  • Switching off lights in empty classrooms.
  • Checking taps and drips - reducing our water consumption.

Our Eco Code:

We all need to play a part in making our school HAPPY, SAFE & GREEN. 

  • Everyone can help to save energy, by turning off lights when not needed and closing doors to keep in the heat.
  • Care about ourselves. Eat only healthy snacks and walk to school whenever possible.
  • Open your hearts to Fairtrade and help poorer countries.
  • Team up for our school, by picking up litter and putting it in the bin.
  • Encourage everyone to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. We recycle: paper, cardboard, plastic, tin, batteries, ink, cartridges and textiles.
  • All wildlife needs protecting. Provide habitats for them as well as providing food
  • Making a difference in the world, by using less plastic. This will help protect our environment, wildlife and the oceans.


Woodland Trust - Green Tree School

St. Mary's was awarded the Woodland Trust's 'Green Tree' Gold Award in 2010

  • St Mary's RC Catholic Primary School
  • Ofsted
  • International School Award
  • Eco-Schools
  • Green Tree Schools
  • The Forest School
  • Rainbows
  • Healthy School
  • BDA Quality
  • NACE, National Association for Able Children in Education
  • Little Oaks