In September 2017, we created a ‘Green Leaders’ group. This group is made up of two children from each year group, 1-6. The group usually meet once a fortnight and discuss how we can make our school more environmentally friendly. Our Green Leaders group are chosen by a democratic vote in each class.
Projects from 2019 – 2020
In 2019, the Green Leaders enjoyed working with Amy from Oases. They learned about greenhouse gases and how we can help the environment through recycling within school. They then presented data to our Governing Body and discussed how they planned to support reducing our energy use further.
They also took part in a Durham County competition to reduce the number of cars parked outside of schools and to make entering and leaving schools safer for children. Alongside this, we held a school competition to create our own banner.
During summer term 2019, the Green Leaders applied for a Local School Nature Grant. They were successful in this and were able to choose equipment up to the value of £500. They chose an insect home for our secret garden, an electronic microscope and a litter picking kit. School staff will also receive eco-warrior training during autumn 2019.
In October 2019, they took part in the County Durham consultation to reduce carbon emissions.
So far in 2020, the Green Leaders have focused on collecting plastic bottle tops to create a piece of artwork. They are also focusing on how we can use less plastics in school.
They have been working alongside the Wildlife Trusts to develop Thornley Woods. The Wildlife Trusts have written a blog about the work they have completed.
They can’t wait to wear their new high visibility vests on their next project!