We have just been awarded our Green Flag for our dedication to Eco Projects and for our commitment to raising environmental awareness within our school community. Well done everyone!

It was wonderful to read that you have 2 adults supporting your Eco-Committee’s hard work. This is leading by example and it will help your Eco-Committee appreciate how important their Eco-Schools work is. It also hints at a whole school approach to the Eco-Schools programme, which we love! 

We love the inclusive approach you’ve taken to setting your Eco-Committee. This sets a positive and encouraging tone for your work, which supports a collaborative and community  ethos, vital in maximising impacts. Great work!  

It’s brilliant that young people were given the responsibility for recording meeting minutes and becoming Secretaries of your meetings. This will allow them to take ownership over the Eco-Schools programme and develop their listening, communication and teamwork skills.  

You interacted with a variety of stakeholders when completing the review, including the Head Teachers and other teaching staff – this displays a willingness to ask for support when needed and it will help engage others in your Eco-Schools work.  

It was lovely to read all the comments on your Environmental Review and gain a real insight into the debate and discussion that took place whilst completing it. It’s clear your Eco-Committee are constantly considering what actions they can take to improve their local community and benefit our planet. 

We love that your Environmental Review inspired the choice of projects in your Action Plan. It’s a strong approach to work on things that will produce visible impact and change, and a great example of critical thinking. 

We love that your actions are designed for young people to deliver and lead, empowering them and increasing their confidence. This is central to the Eco-Schools ethos.   It would be great to see how these actions were monitored and evaluated.

It’s clear that you have embedded environmental issues into your curriculum with great enthusiasm and these issues are being used to enrich learning in your school, whilst engaging young people in important issues. 

Your Eco-Committee have used a wide variety of methods to inform their school community about their work including The Newsletter, Eco-Board, Assemblies and the school website –  this shows they take pride in their achievements and are working hard to involve and educate all around them. 

Getting involved with organisations and groups such as Surfers Against Sewage, Norfolk rivers Trust, Hawk and Owl Trust, 30 Days Wild, World’s Ocean Day and Wild East is a great example of collaboration. Your ability and willingness to partnership is impressive! We’ll need this approach to fight the impacts of climate change in the future! 

Everyone involved should take immense pride from the quote provided by a parent/guardian of Evie – you have gone above and beyond to give this young person a platform to tackle issues that they are passionate about and that is definitely something to be proud of! 

Your greatest success is a brilliant achievement. By creating more of an awareness across the whole schools to things like Energy usage, turning off taps and making your school grounds more biodiverse.  It’s clearly something that pupils will be proud of and leaves a great legacy to build upon.  

Time is a common challenge, familiar to all educators. It creates a pressure and takes resilience to keep going. With this context, your achievements are even greater and we feel lucky that you’ve committed to our programme and delivered the achievements that you have. This is a big achievement.  

It has been an absolute pleasure to read through your application, you are a wonderful ambassador for the Eco-Schools programme and we are delighted, without hesitation, to award you an Eco-Schools Green Flag – congratulations!

Langham Village School’s Eco-Council is a group of dedicated students, from Y1- Y6, who are passionate about making our school and the world a more sustainable and environmentally friendly place. We believe that small actions can make a big difference, and together, we work towards creating a greener future. The Eco-Council achieved their first green flag in July 2023. We are also working towards Plastic Free Schools status. 

At the start of each academic year Eco-Council conduct an environmental review of the school. From this an action plan is made for the whole school to engage with. The action plan provides a scaffolding for the Eco-Council to base their work around.

For this academic year (2023/24) Eco- council’s action plan involves a close focus on:

1. Litter: We promote recycling and proper waste disposal by educating our peers on the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling.

2. Biodiversity: We develop and maintain the school grounds to promote biodiversity and teach students about the importance of plants and nature.

3. Marine: Being so close to the sea, we aim to spread awareness of protecting marine life. We celebrate World Ocean Day at school and will be participating in beach cleans. 

Members of the Eco-Council take on exciting projects and activities. Already this year, children at Langham Village School have participated in litter picks, both on site and within our local community. The children have planted new trees at the Langham playground and have fund raised to purchase a new wildlife camera. 

Join us in our mission to make a difference! If you have any ideas or suggestions, feel free to reach out to any member of the Eco-Council. We believe that by working together, we can create a more sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.

Together, we can be the change-makers our world needs.