THE environmental efforts of green-fingered pupils and staff has led to a primary school achieving the prestigious Green Flag status.
The hard work of the youngsters at West Park Primary School, in Hartlepool’s Coniscliffe Road, previously led to the school receiving the Eco-Schools bronze and silver awards
But after they stepped up their efforts even more, delighted children and staff were told they had now reached the top level and achieved Green Flag status.
To mark the excellent achievement, the school raised a flag and were joined by Teesside children’s author Peter Brunton for the day of celebrations.
The school’s headteacher, Mark Parry, told of his absolute delight and pride in the youngsters for achieving the top award.
Mr Parry said: “The pupils have worked extremely hard for this and it’s a big well done to every single one of them.
“We have done a variety of things in school, all aimed at raising awareness and making sure the children realise just how important it is to look after the environment.
“We have addressed all of the important issues such as recycling and making the most of the outdoors and all of the children have embraced it.”
Eco-Schools is an international award programme aimed at making every school in the country sustainable.
Once schools have registered for the programme, staff and pupils follow a seven-step process which is targeted at helping them to address environmental issues ranging from litter and waste to healthy living.
In total, 1,752 schools throughout the country have achieved the top Green Flag award.
Despite achieving the green flag status, the youngsters and staff at the school now have to continue their hard work and maintain the high standards they have set.
Mr Parry added: “We have to re-apply every two years so we can’t just sit around for the next two years doing nothing and then expect to achieve Green Flag again.
“We need to continue our hard work and make sure we are ready for the next time.
“The children have a real passion for looking after the environment through all the work we have done so I know we will maintain the high standards we have set.”