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Eco Schools

Green Flag
What is ‘Green Flag’?
This is an awards system run by Eco-Schools and supported by Keep Britain Tidy in the UK. Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.
Schools start by working towards a Bronze award. The Bronze award criteria focuses on getting the Eco-Schools structure set up so you have everything in place to tackle the eco work you have planned.
The Bronze award is attained by self-assessment.
Maidensbridge gained their Bronze Award on 22nd March 2007.
The Silver award criteria focuses on strengthening pupil leadership and whole school involvement while the school starts to work on at least one of the Eco-Schools topics in depth.
The Silver award is attained by self-assessment.
Maidensbridge gained their Silver Award on 18th October 2007.
Unlike the Bronze and Silver awards, the Green Flag is not self-assessed. One of the trained Eco-schools volunteer assessors visited Maidensbridge to check whether we had met the criteria. The assessment lasted for about an hour and a half, during which time the assessor was shown round the school site (inside and out) during which she had time to look at the work done by the children in relation to the 9 Eco-schools topics. These are: Energy, Water, Biodiversity, School Grounds, Healthy Living, Transport, Litter, Waste and Global Citizenship.
In depth work on at least 2 out of the 9 Eco-schools topics must be shown by providing evidence such as graphs, children’s work, school council meeting minutes and data.
Maidensbridge gained their 1st Green Flag award in July 2008 and their 2nd Green Flag on 9th June 2010.
The Green Flag is proudly displayed from our flag pole on the top of the school.


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