Eco-school gets green flag award

High Tunstall College of Science staff Emma Watson (left) and Heather Lambert with Eco School's Team members and their new Eco flag
High Tunstall College of Science staff Emma Watson (left) and Heather Lambert with Eco School's Team members and their new Eco flag

ECO-friendly staff and students are celebrating after their school was recognised nationally for their efforts.

High Tunstall College of Science, in Elwick Road, Hartlepool, has announced the school’s Eco Team has successfully renewed its Green Flag Award, which shows the school is eco-friendly and have worked hard over the last year to create a greener environment for staff, students and visitors.

The school achieved their Green Flag status thanks to a number of initiatives:

l The Year 11 group successfully set up a litter picking competition between the Year 7 forms;

l The Year 8 and 9 children helped “rejuvenate” the wildlife garden in school installing various animal homes, such as bird boxes, bat boxes and a butterfly house;

l The Year 11 team has also recently created an insect hotel, which is intended to increase the diversity of the insect species found within the garden.

As well as looking after the wildlife garden, the Year 11 children have used their green fingers in the back garden with the group planting tomatoes and potatoes as well as carrots, using the recycled rain water and compost bin to grow them.

Assistant headteacher Melanie Siddell a said: “We have earned our Green Flag by not only informing other students of how to be green, but making an immediate change to the environment around us.

“The team have put in a tremendous effort.”

Eco-Schools is an international programme that helps schools embed principles into the heart of school life.