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Mounts Bay School gets a Green Flag Award

Mounts Bay School has been recognised as one of the most environmentally friendly schools in the country after receiving an Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

Only 3 percent of schools in the UK have achieved this award, which is given to schools who can demonstrate an ongoing commitment to environmental issues and raising of awareness.

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The school has made a number of eco-friendly changes, include sourcing alternative milk suppliers to help reduce their carbon footprint, children and staff have taking part in beach cleans, introducing new recycling bins, planting trees, and creating bug and insect hotels.

Senior Science Technician at Mounts Bay, Stacey Wheeler, supported the students. She said: “The students are really engaged with this project and they have said they really enjoy the meetings.  The Senior Leadership team have been really supportive, and it is nice to see what they suggest being taken on board; they really feel supported by them.”

To receive a Green Flag Award schools must complete a series of steps, which are then assessed by the Eco-Schools team.  These steps include the creation of an Eco-Committee, an environmental review and action plan, links with the school curriculum, monitoring their progress, and finally the creation of an eco-code.

Stacey added: “The students come up with some great ideas and they are never too farfetched. They think logically and with care about what they want to do, how it can be achieved and why we should do it. A simple example of this is water bottles in school. 

“The school stopped selling bottled water as they were producing 40,000 bottles of waste a year. And that's just one school in one part of the UK. Imagine if all schools stopped this. We have water fountains that the students can fill up reusable water bottles at any time.”

A year after Cornwall Council declared a climate emergency and vowed to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2030, Portfolio Holder for Climate Change, Councillor Edwina Hannaford, said she was proud of the work being done across Cornwall.

“As a local authority we can only do so much and we need local people, businesses and schools to join us in tackling climate change,” she said. “Mounts Bay is one of those schools leading the way and is an example of the passion being shown by young people in Cornwall.

"I hope this inspires other schools in the county to look at the work being done at Mounts Bay and to take steps to achieving this accreditation.”