We asked our winning Climate Cops SOS schools to tell us a bit more about their green projects and why they wanted to improve their school and local environment. Here’s what they said...

Congleton High School

Congleton High School has a strong commitment to reduce its impact on the environment. Year 7 are publicising their ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ motto of the ECO committee around the school, ensuring that we are learning and living in a sustainable environment. The school is supporting them with this aim, with the installation of solar panels, a green water recycling system and a strong commitment to recycling suitable materials. There is also a weekly gardening club that is held in the sensory garden to connect pupils with the outdoors and their surroundings, whilst honing a sustainable lifestyle.

The science club at Congleton High School decided to take on the Climate Cops challenge by promoting the outdoors through integrating modern technology with nature. The students chose to give their fellow classmates a scavenger hunt, where they would need to go out into the school grounds finding specific plants and animals. The competitors were given a list of plants and animals to find that had a point score depending on how difficult the object was to find. To give our scavenger hunt a modern twist the competitors had to take photographs on their phone of the species highlighting that we should continue to protect the environment. The group with the highest point score won!

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Dronfield Henry Fanshawe

We were so excited to be a winner in the Climate Cops 2012 competition as an awareness of environmental issues is something we are trying to develop as a school. We already have a flourishing allotment that recently won the Dronfield in Bloom award. We are using the produce in our kitchens and also using the allotment to teach students about self-sufficiency. We recycle paper as a whole school initiative and some of the packaging that we use in the canteen. We also have a school pond which is a designated conservation site.

For our project we decided to make a film for vulnerable year 6’s to make them feel more comfortable using the outdoor spaces at our school. We have a very large site that can be daunting. It was important to the year 7’s to transfer the knowledge and confidence that they have developed over the year to other students with Special Educational Needs. We had a lot of fun exploring all the different things we can do outside both in lessons and social times. It opened our eyes as well to what great use you can make of the outdoors as a learning experience.

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Laurence Jackson School

The Laurence Jackson School community is keen to work towards a more sustainable future. Over the last few years we have taken measures to make the school building more green. For example, light switches and taps have been fitted with timers and computers automatically switch off when left idle. The school’s paper waste is collected on a daily basis by students to be sent for recycling. The school has an on-site allotment where fruit and vegetables are grown, along with free range chickens. The produce is sold by our students to help improve enterprise skills and reduce food miles.

The main reasons for deciding to do an adventure day for younger students was to get them involved and interested in the outdoors as well as showing them the environment around them. We showed them ways in which to have fun outdoors and chose some activities that would be useful to them afterwards as well as challenge them. We wanted them continue to look after the environment and to also encourage others to do the same. We entered this competition to make a difference to the environment and to try and get everyone else to do the same.

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Millfield Science and Performing Arts College

Team Millfield is committed to providing our students with an education that provides environmental awareness and encourages a responsible attitude. Extra–curricular activities over eight years has seen the development of our award winning Environmental garden, created entirely by staff, students, parents and our local community.

Our Eco-warriors in the Environmental garden have created a range of diverse habitats, a pond/bridge building project, 140m of hedgerow using 1000+ trees, wheelchair access paths, primary school links, community days, Outdoor Green Theatre and a community tree nursery.

We would love to tell you much more!

Millfield is a Science and Performing Arts College and our vision for the Environmental garden was to provide students and the local community with a theatre that encouraged people to appreciate the environment and outdoors enjoying live performances.

We wanted to encourage people to come into our garden and appreciate the surroundings when visiting the theatre. Building the theatre seemed a natural choice as we knew that everybody enjoys using the garden during lessons. This would provide a great space for our drama classes. Most of all building a theatre sounded great fun and a super way to keep fit!

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The Red Maids School

The Red Maids' School is committed to green issues. We have a dedicated 'Green Team' led by four incredibly energetic sixth formers, and each class has a Green Rep. The team has worked on recycling and has an allotment. This year, our aim is to gain the ecoschools bronze award through a focus on energy, water and waste.

We chose the Year 7 'No Power Lunch Hour' as our project because it got the whole of Year 7 into our beautiful school grounds. We planned loads of activities including a smoothie bike and a scavenger hunt, and this got people off the computers and outside, even though it was pouring with rain. We also made a video about camping and showed our year group because we love being outdoors and we want them to also!

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Sheffield High School

Sheffield High School has been highly active in raising awareness of green issues in recent years. We have a team of enthusiastic and dedicated 6th form students who lead eco-representatives from each of the form groups in the senior school on initiatives to reduce our environmental impact and improve our surroundings. Our successful endeavours on recycling, reducing water and energy wastage and supporting green causes in our community have secured Sheffield High the prestigious Eco-School’s Green Flag award for the last 3 years. Recent projects include installing bee hives and creating an eco-garden to support endangered wildlife, such as honeybees.

The team at Sheffield High School were inspired to choose honeybee conservation as the focus of our project as a result of hearing about the plight of these vital insect pollinators on the news. Honeybee numbers have fallen dramatically in recent years as a result of climate, loss of habitat and disease. It is estimated that 1 in 3 of our food crops are dependent on honeybees to be pollinated. Pupils at Sheffield High School wanted to help and introduced a school nature garden and we are running a competition to encourage pupils to help even further at home.

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St Edmund’s Girls School

St Edmund's has managed to achieve a great deal with regard to protecting the environment over the past few years. Ideas linked to sustainable thought and behaviour are fed into all areas of learning here and we aim to continue our good work well into the future.

We decided to organise a photo based scavenger hunt activity for our 180 year 9 students, to encourage them to 'go outdoors!' In teams, the students had to search our local environment for evidence of items from a list that we wrote for them. Once items were discovered they were photographed and back at school, turned into digital montages for display. This meant everyone could appreciate the wonders of where we live.

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Stonehill High School

The Stonehill High School believes strongly that the natural environment is valuable and the school is committed to green issues. The idea of sustainable development is firmly embedded in the curriculum, through lessons in citizenship and science to enrichment activities. The school has won a number of environmental competitions; from the Leicestershire ‘Energy Detectives’ which involved saving the most power in the county over a period of time. The school also runs its own farm which won the npower Climate Cops SOS competition 2011.

The students were shocked when they discovered the statistics given in the competition brief that 37% of students weren’t bothered about the environment. They wanted to do something to address this, so chose to plan the Ray Mears Year 7 Camp Experience because they wanted an experience that would be enjoyable and would give year 7 students an appreciation for outdoor activities. The camp was designed as an opportunity for all year 7 students at Stonehill to learn about the flora and fauna that surrounds them and a chance to interact with the natural environment through activities such as bushcraft and shelter building.

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William Brookes School

William Brookes School is very fortunate aschs the school building is only 3 years old – there are many electrical, heating and water saving devices built into the school. For example lights in the classroom are linked to motion sensors and automatically turn off when no-one is in the room. Our school has recycling bins in every room that are emptied daily. We also have cardboard recyclable coffee cups and pasta pots sold from the canteen. We have posters reminding people about the importance of using resources carefully – for example we have posters advising us to save water around school.

We chose to take part in Climate Cops SOS because we are eco-friendly people who want a sustainable future for ourselves and future generations. We liked this year’s theme because most of us spend time outdoors and we had lots of ideas to choose from. We decided on geocaches because it gave pupils the opportunity to experience the wilder parts of the school grounds whilst encouraging our friends with the thought of a small reward. We tried to have a sustainable approach to the geocache rewards, so for example we included packets of wildflower seeds and recycled pencils.

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Wrotham School

Wrotham School is committed to improving the environment and our surroundings. Situated in idyllic Kentish countryside, Wrotham has always been a ‘green’ school but the students are aware that we need to look after our environment. The school explores how we can improve our surroundings as part of our PSHE program and the School Council take an active interest; campaigning for improved recycling facilities and looking at ways the school can save energy and water.

The Climate Cops surveyed our local environment and were dismayed how much is thrown away. They set about collecting discarded tyres and wood and eventually made a fantastic Eco Assault Course on some disused land that other pupils in the year could enjoy.

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