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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.

Green Flag Criteria

Step 1 - Eco-Committee

  • At least one pupil from each year group is on your Eco-Committee including KS1 and KS2
  • Your Eco-Committee meet at least once every half-term.
  • Pupils share responsibility with adults for running meetings and keeping a record of meetings.
  • Meeting minutes are displayed on your Eco-Board.
  • There is representation from parents, governors or senior management on your Eco-Committee, however, they do not have to attend every meeting. When they cannot attend meetings, the Eco-Committee are responsible for updating them.
  • Pupil representatives ensure that there is communication to and from the Eco-Committee to the rest of the school.


Step 2 - Environmental Review

  • The Eco-Schools Environmental Review covering all ten Eco-Schools topics is completed by pupils, with adult supervision.
  • A copy of your Eco-Schools Environmental Review must be displayed on your Eco-Board and the results communicated with the whole school.
  • It is compulsory for the Green Flag award that your Eco-Schools Environmental Review is updated every two years to coincide with your Green Flag renewal application, however, best practice is to complete it every year.


Step 3 - Action Plan

  • Your Eco-Committee produces an Action Plan influenced by their Eco-Schools Environmental Review.
  • Pupils on the Eco-Committee take responsibility for leading their chosen topic actions: three topics for your first Green Flag and five topics for all Green Flag renewals (changing two of the five topics with every subsequent renewal application).
  • Your Action Plan contains timescales, who is responsible for the actions and how your topic actions will be monitored and evaluated.
  • Your Eco-Committee shares the Action Plan with the whole of the school.
  • A copy of your Action Plan must be displayed on your Eco-Board.


Step 4 - Curriculum Links

  • Environmental issues have been covered in at least three areas of your school curriculum; this is clearly evident in pupil’s work and/or schemes of work and lesson plans.
  • Your three curriculum links can not all be from the same year group or subject area.
  • Your three curriculum examples do not have to be from the same Eco-Schools topics as those chosen for your Action Plan.


Step 5 - Informing and involving 

  • Your school has a prominent and designated Eco-Board detailing all of your work on the Eco-Schools Seven Steps and chosen topic actions. This includes: Eco-Committee members from all year groups (with photographs if possible), meeting minutes, a copy of your Eco-Schools Environmental Review, your Action Plan, examples of Monitoring and Evaluation and your Eco-Code.
  • Your Eco-Board should be regularly updated to reflect your Eco-Schools work.
  • Your Eco-Committee should use a variety of mediums to help communicate their topic actions: newsletters, school website, the school’s Twitter account etc.
  • Your whole school and wider community is involved in Eco-Schools work in and around the school, for example: parents/carers, local authorities, businesses, other national and regional charities, neighbouring schools and residential groups and homes.


Step 6 - Monitoring and Evaluation 

  • Your Eco-Committee monitors the effectiveness of their Eco-Schools topic actions: via data collection, our topic specific National Call to Action surveys (or other national surveys), before and after photographs etc.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation outcomes are communicated to your whole school and on display on your Eco-Board.
  • Evidence and data collected has been analysed and evaluated to help your pupils develop further topic actions.
  • Some of your monitoring and evaluation data has been used in the curriculum, for example creating graphs and charts or statistical analysis in maths lessons (this also supports Step 4: Curriculum Links).


Step 7 - Eco Code

  • There is an agreement on an environmental statement for your school drawn up by pupils.
  • Your Eco-code must reflect the Topic actions that you are working on for your Green Flag.
  • Your Eco-Code is displayed on the Eco-Board.
  • Your Eco-Code is also displayed around the school for example in classrooms, school halls and even the toilets!
  • Your Eco-Code is known and understood by the majority of pupils and staff.