Clavering pupils’ environmental efforts sees them claim prestigious award

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The environmental efforts of 21 primary school pupils led to them receiving a prestigious award.

The Year 6 pupils at Clavering Primary School, in Clavering Road, have been working hard completing a series of challenges at home, in school and on various residential trips.

The efforts have all been towards achieving the John Muir award, an environmental award scheme focused on wild places.

Clavering Primary School holds ‘provider status’ for the award in recognition of the school’s outstanding commitment to the programme.

Neil McAvoy, deputy headteacher at the school, who leads the programme and who holds the highest level of the award himself, said: “The children have worked tremendously hard, in a variety of adverse weather conditions, to complete the four challenges required to achieve the John Muir award.

“We are incredibly proud of their achievements and, most importantly, the attitude, determination and commitment they have shown, even when they have been scared, worn out, wet or freezing cold.”

The 21 pupils have been working towards the award since September alongside Mr McAvoy and Clavering staff members Ralph Bainbridge and Mandy Rochester.

Helen O’Brien, headteacher, said: “The John Muir Trust is particularly impressed by the way we use the award programme to further develop our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It has been a joy to see how the children who have participated in the programme have flourished under McAvoy’s leadership and they are all worthy recipients of this award.”