Batley High School Receives Eco-Schools Green Flag with Distinction
Since 2020, the Upper Batley High School Learner Eco-Committee has been dedicated to various environmental projects within the school and community, such as introducing on-site recycling bins, managing FareShare and conference attendance.
The school, which is located on Batley Field Hill, was awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag with Distinction in July 2022, a flag which is now in situ within the school grounds.
The application for the green flag was submitted by the school’s sustainability manager for the trust and eco-schools coordinator, Lisa Wood, who has supported students through various environmental projects.
These projects included conducting an environmental review and action plan, creating an eco code, planting trees and flowers to help with biodiversity, talking to caterers about plastic in single use and sustainable food sources and the creation of a fair trade competition.
The eco-committee has also participated in climate conferences, virtually and in person, and is part of the Kirklees Climate Commission Youth Panel.
Lisa, who is also second in the humanities department and responsible for geography, travel and tourism, said: ‘The learners have worked really hard to try to make our school and our community more environmentally friendly and sustainable. .
“You hear on the news about climate change, and it has educated learners on a more local level, teaching them little things they can do.
“At the end of the day, they can make a difference and it’s about giving them the momentum and the platform to do so.
“Obviously the flag represents the school, but at the end of the day it’s a massive achievement for the learners. It makes them see what a big difference they can make.
“They also take the information home. I know one of the moms emailed me and said she had to recycle everything in the house.
“They’re spreading it out to the wider community and if Kirklees wants to be net zero, all of these little things can help achieve that.
“Furthermore, all the eco-school work that learners have done, the majority has been done during their free time, such as lunch hours, breaks, before and after school.
“They had the dedication and commitment to stick with it at their own pace – it’s a fantastic commitment, it really is.
“They are little superstars.
“I am now trying to get all schools to be part of the Eco-Schools program and I want to use our learners as an example, to see what else we can achieve.
“If there’s anything we can do to help, then why not?”
Eco-Schools, part of Keep Britain Tidy, is a program designed to empower young people to make a difference in their school, local community and beyond.
After completing the program during the school year, schools, colleges and nurseries can apply for Eco-Schools Green Flag accreditation during the annual application window, open May 1 through July 31.
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