THE future is not just bright for Brookside Primary School pupils, it’s green.
Environmentally-friendly children from the Great Sutton school have secured their first coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag award.
The pupils have been working hard to transform their school’s daily routine into one that benefits the environment and saves the school money.
Simple changes, like ensuring all unnecessary lights are switched off and that paper, cans, plastic, ink cartridges, batteries and other materials are recycled have already cut bills as well as making it one of the most sustainable schools in the country.
Providing habitats and shrubs for the wildlife, growing fruit and vegetables for use in school, and reducing litter are just some of the initiatives successfully undertaken by the pupils.
Managed in England by Keep Britain Tidy, Eco-Schools asks children to set up a committee involving pupils from all years.
They then set to work on a school audit that highlights areas of the school that could be made more environmentally friendly.
Headteacher Mr Bell said: “Obtaining the Green Flag award is something that the whole school and its surrounding community can be proud of.
“Each pupil will be able to take away some degree of satisfaction in the knowledge that their actions have significantly altered their local environment.
“It has been a fantastic initiative for all involved, however it is by no means over, as the greater challenge is to maintain what we have achieved so far and look towards ways of improving even further.”
The programme gives the pupils a sense of responsibility and pride in what they have achieved. With this comes the hope that the pupils will continue this behaviour in the wider community.