Hartlepool school makes it a hat-trick of environment awards

A Hartlepool school is continuing to wave the flag for the environment after winning a national award for the third year in a row.

Wednesday, 10th August 2016, 11:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th August 2016, 12:19 pm
It is the third year in a row that the school has been granted the Green Flag.

Throston Primary School, in Flint Walk, has again been granted the Eco-Schools Green Flag.

An assessor visited the school to determine whether it merited winning the award, and once again, it came up trumps.

It is the third year in a row that the school has been granted the Green Flag.

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Mark Atkinson, Throston Primary School’s headteacher, said: “We are delighted to obtain the Green Flag once again.

“The flag symbolises the commitment of our eco co-ordinator, Abby Davies, and eco council to lead the school and wider community to become more eco-friendly.

“This year, the school has benefited from an allotment, which has provided an abundance of vegetables and flower baskets.

“The latter home grown produce has been sold to raise much-needed funds for the school.”

It is the third year in a row that the school has been granted the Green Flag.

The assessor met with the children of the school’s eco council, as well as Mrs Davies and Mr Atkinson.

He then toured the school and interviewed all relevant parties to ensure it was meeting the criteria for energy, school grounds, litter, water, healthy living, waste, biodiversity, transport and global citizenship.

There was a particular focus on behaviour change, pupil leadership and whole-school involvement.

Work is carried out at the school on those topics in after-school clubs and is also embedded in the curriculum.

A special ceremony was held in the school’s yard to mark the award.

The green flag was raised, with the school’s local lollipop man, Billy Coverdale, helping with proceedings.

The school wanted to show its support to walking to school to help save the environment.

All schools are eligible to apply for the Green Flag, but they must have completed in-depth work on at least three of the eco-schools’ nine topics, one of which must be energy.

Schools renewing their award must also work on a further two eco-schools topics in-depth since they gained it.