North Tyneside pupils take eco fight to Downing Street

A team of young eco warriors have taken their fight to Downing Street.

By David Sedgwick
Tuesday, 11 June, 2019, 09:00
Children at Burradon Community Primary School with their Eco Schools Green Flag.

Students from Burradon Community Primary School wrote letters to the Prime Minister about the importance to reduce people’s carbon footprints as part of their work to renew the Eco Schools Green Flag.

In her letter, eight-year-old Kyla Barnard suggested residents should be encouraged to take out plugs and switch off appliances when they are not in use.

“Lots of water is wasted when baths are ran and people leave water running when brushing their teeth, water is precious because it keeps us alive!”

Pupils carry out work on a number of eco-schools topics including biodiversity, litter, energy and waste, making a huge impact on the way the school works.

They have introduced Fairtrade items into the staff room, created a woodland area for butterflies to raise awareness of pollinators and wrote a letter on reducing electricity and waste to the Prime Minister – for which they received a reply from 10 Downing Street thanking them.

Coun Carl Johnson, cabinet member for the Environment, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to award Burradon Community Primary School with their Eco Green Flag for the third time.”

“Some of the work they have done has been amazing, to see children so young taking such a keen interest in their environment is very inspiring.

“Everyone at the school has put in so much outstanding effort to earn this award and they can be immensely proud. The pupils are enthusiastic, the staff are committed, and it really has been a school-wide effort.

“I’d like to congratulate them on their success, and I look forward to seeing what they get up to in the future.”

Angela Hunter, headteacher at the school, said: “We are delighted to have successfully been re-awarded the Eco Green Flag again and it is yet another fantastic achievement for our wonderful school.

“Our Eco work is embedded into the school’s curriculum, providing our pupils with the opportunities to lead change within our school and build on the excellent partnerships we have with our local and wider community.

“This re-award reflects the hard work of our amazing pupils and staff and they thoroughly deserve the national acclaim for their dedication to the environment. Huge thanks must also go to our parents and community members who support everything we do in our happy school.”

The Eco-Schools Green Flag is an internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning. Schools can work up to Green Flag level by achieving bronze and silver awards which are self-accredited stepping stones along the way.

For more information, or to get your school involved in the scheme, visit www.eco-schools.org.uk/