Sustainability Policy 2013-14
At Millbrook Primary School we strive to help our pupils learn about the world and that what they do to care for the earth and its inhabitants (people and animals) matters.
We aim to do this by working closely with the Eco Schools programme, alongside other relevant initiatives, led by the Eco Warriors group of pupils, staff, parents and Governors.
• Every pupil can participate in making Millbrook Primary an Eco friendly and sustainable community with a global perspective.
• Pupils can learn about and decide on the priorities for our school.
• Sustainability and a closer connection to the earth are integrated into the curriculum and school life.
• The Eco agenda is steered by the Eco Warriors, supported by Staff and Governors – guided by but not contained by the Eco Schools agenda.
• The Eco Action plan (see separate document) reflects the work in progress under the Eco Schools nine areas.
• All staff will continue to support pupils in the successful integration and running of Eco Schools work and sustainability throughout the school.
• The school will seek opportunities to promote its achievements to local media and the wider community.
• The school will continue to build links with the wider community on its eco work, for example, the Family Gardening Club, local residents associations, Textile Recycling and Parent dinners.
• Although the school will act on all the Eco Schools Areas the key areas of development in 2013/14 are:
- To ensure sustainability is embedded in the curriculum and school ethos. This will include opportunities for pupils to reflect and think about the reasons behind sustainability to help them inform their own views.
- Sustainable procurement so that the school is using its purchasing power and levels of consumption to make sustainable choices.
- Biodiversity : this is through the continued development of the grounds and forest area to encourage diversity in plant life and wildlife.
- Allotment Gardening : so that all pupils have a greater understanding of how food is produced and that they learn the skills of growing some of their own food in the Millbrook School Allotments.
- Energy saving : Pupils will be required to learn the skills necessary to save energy and water at school and home.
- Global perspectives: making links with pupils from other schools and learning about the impact of our actions on the wider world is vital.
In November 2013 a new Environmental Review will be conducted to inform a revised Action Plan.
In Spring 2014 the school will seek reassessment as an Ambassador Eco School.
Millbrook Primary School, P. Moses, September 2013