Sustainability and Climate Change
At Prospect House we are dedicated to looking after our school, its grounds and the local environment.
We have made sustainability high on our agenda and it also forms part of our school improvement plan. This has led us to develop actions in the following areas:
▪ Offering weekly ‘meat free’ days on the school menu and offer parental support to consider the benefits of extending this at home.
▪ Offset protein content with plant-based alternatives
▪ Daily weigh of food wastage by school kitchen
▪ Batch cooking where possible to help conserve energy
▪ Promote spending time outdoors
▪ Introduction of the daily mile
▪ Promote ‘green jobs’ through our innovative curriculum
▪ Growing to be a key part of the curriculum
▪ Use of community spaces such as the Byron’s and Mirfield gardens
▪ Planting of trees on school grounds in conjunction with the local community
▪ Promote litter binning and regular litter picks
▪ Rewild areas in between boundary fencing to focus on biodiversity
▪ Development and introduction of bird feeders to outdoor areas
▪ Building bug hotels around the school site
▪ Active promotion of turning off lights/equipment
▪ Turn heating down by one degree campaign
▪ Measure our energy consumption
▪ Procurement to be a key part of consideration
▪ Development of a school composting area
▪ Develop a recycle and reuse approach – including uniform
▪ Active promotion of walking/biking to school
▪ Explore ways of reducing traffic with local councillors
▪ Challenge idling by school transport and parental drops offs
▪ Develop an eco-school’s approach with student council
▪ Develop a shared vision with all stakeholders in school
▪ Measure carbon footprint at regular intervals
Each week the Eco council meet to carry out a variety of tasks, so far this term they have:
- Given each class a bin to recycle their paper waste which we collect every week.
- Put up posters to encourage people to switch off lights when rooms are not being used,
- Chitted potato seeds ready to plant and grow our own potatoes.
- Collected leaves and put them into our new compost bins.
They hope that all of this work will help to achieve our Eco Schools Green Flag award. You can find our Eco Schools Action Plan below.