Wirral Hospitals' School recognised for eco-friendly initiatives

Wirral Globe: Activities at the school over a four-year period have included making and placing bird, bat and bug boxes. Activities at the school over a four-year period have included making and placing bird, bat and bug boxes.

A Wirral school will have its ‘green’ credentials recognised at an awards ceremony.

Wirral Hospitals' School, in Claughton, will receive the Eco Schools Green Flag following a successful programme of environmentally-friendly projects to raise awareness of green issues and improve the school's eco-credentials.

Cllr Brian Kenny, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability said: “This award recognises the ongoing hard work that the teaching staff, pupils and governing body of Wirral Hospitals' School have carried out to support green initiatives and develop an understanding of environmental concerns in pupils and the local community.”

Activities over a four-year period have included making and placing bird, bat and bug boxes, developing a school garden to grow vegetables and insect-attracting wild flowers and introducing a school composting and recycling scheme.

The school has also launched and promoted energy conservation campaigns including 'Switch It Off' and the 'Badge Of Shame' - awarded by students to any staff who are found wasting energy in their classrooms or offices.

A flag-raising ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 10 at 12:45pm. Guests of honour in attendance will be the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Dave Mitchell and Mayoress Sue Mitchell.

Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Dave Mitchell said: “I'd like to extend my congratulations to the school, its pupils, staff and governing body, for achieving the top award and proving their dedication to environmental issues, as many of our schools have done.”

Derek Kitchin, Headteacher of Wirral Hospitals' School said: "Our school puts the 'magic' back into education for many of the most vulnerable children and young people on Wirral.

"I am proud of the students’ commitment to giving something back through their outstanding Eco achievements, under the guidance and leadership of the student-led Eco Team, who have brilliantly demonstrated the values and resilience we aim to develop in them."

The school has previously received the Bronze Eco Award in 2011 and the Silver Eco Award in 2012. 

The school’s successful pupil-led model has been highlighted by the national awarding body as an example of best practice for other schools starting out on their Eco journey.

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