Hartlepool school receives prestigious title for its Fairtrade work

The youngsters at Clavering Primary celebrating after the school received FairAchiever status
The youngsters at Clavering Primary celebrating after the school received FairAchiever status

ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY youngsters are celebrating after their school was awarded a prestigious title.

Clavering Primary School, in Hartlepool, previously received Fairtrade School status for its work and commitment to the subject.

And the school has now been awarded the FairAchiever title, the highest level of the new Fairtrade Schools Programme.

The new programme has three levels, FairAware, FairActive and FairAchiever - and school staff are delighted to be among the best.

Neil McAvoy, deputy headteacher at Clavering who leads on Fairtrade in the school, said: “In order to try to engage with more schools, the Fairtrade Foundation has overhauled its schools’ programme.

“We are delighted to be automatically awarded the top level which reflects very positively on our commitment to learn about, promote and take action for Fairtrade.”

The school, in Clavering Road, has its own pupil-led Clavering Fairtrade Steering Group who organise various activities.

The Fairtrade Foundation praised the school for “building on its truly excellent work and all the activities done to incorporate Fairtrade into the life of the school and the local community.”

The school’s headteacher Helen O’Brien said: “Our Fairtrade learning and actions play an important part in our pupils’ moral and social development.

“We are delighted that the Fairtrade Foundation has recognised not only the school’s commitment to Fairtrade, but also our commitment to getting others to be inspired to take action for Fairtrade.”