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The Shrubberies School Eco Club.


Our school strives to be as environmentally friendly as possible. The Shrubberies School Eco Club meets every fortnight and is made up of pupils, staff and governors. Eco Club has appointed its own Eco Spies. These are pupils that monitor waste and electricity usage in school. Other initiatives that we are responsible for include our school orchard, our school chickens (hatched and raised in school), butterfly and bee friendly planting, litter-picking,

promotion of Fairtrade and making and mounting bird-boxes. For more details about Eco Club-please feel free to contact Teacher, Lorraine Cooper.


You are warmly invited to scroll down and read our Environmental Sustainability Development Policy below,and attached documents and photographs.


The Shrubberies School

Environmental Sustainability Development (ESD) Policy


Sustainable development is essential to ensure quality of life without damaging the planet for the future. This requires a balance between economic prosperity, social equity and care for the environment.

The Shrubberies School is acutely aware of its responsibility to promote and practise environmental sustainable development. We believe that teaching environmental issues where possible through the curriculum and via extra curricular activities will enable pupils to develop sustainable behaviour from an early age.



· To encourage our pupils to care for themselves (their health and wellbeing), for each other and for the environment.

· To promote and practise the principles of social equity both in school and through our links with the local, national and global communities.

· To encourage our pupils and their families to lead sustainable lives through educating them in sustainable behaviours.

· To share responsibility with the wider community for promoting and practising policies, which show concern and care for the future of the global environment.


Inclusion and Participation

Our pupils are encouraged, where possible, to participate in decision making through a curriculum delivery emphasising skills development and through such bodies as the School Council and Eco Club. We encourage them to feel confident about finding solutions and to enjoy making positive contributions to society. Issues such as discrimination, equality and opportunity, citizenship, cultural and religious awareness and care for the environment are consistent themes for all pupils to engage in.


Resources and Purchasing

See separate Green Procurement policy.


Energy and Water

We are conscious of the need to conserve energy and water, and the school will continue to implement initiatives to encourage efficiency in these areas. Pupils will be encouraged where possible to participate in these initiatives. We will periodically monitor energy use and develop ways of reducing consumption. We will aim to:

· switch off electrical appliances when not in use;

·raise awareness of the need to conserve energy and water through notices and posters in school

· repair leaking taps promptly;

· harvest rainwater for use within the school grounds;


Waste Management

To eliminate as much waste as possible going to landfill we will:

· use paper sparingly before putting it in the recycling bags;

· compost suitable materials where possible;

· recycle items such as paper, plastics, tins, cardboard and ink cartridges.


Travel and Traffic

As most of our students have special needs, come from many and varied area and have transport provided to school the opportunities for us to reduce our impact in this area are limited. ( i.e. is there a way of improving the impact of the school minibus?)



Food and Drink

It has been proved that pupils’ concentration and results are improved by following a healthy balanced diet. We therefore encourage healthy eating within school and all food and drink offered to pupils, staff and visitors are nutritionally healthy and where possible produced on the premises. Children are encouraged to drink plenty of water throughout the day.


Buildings and Grounds

As the school building is refurbished we will use environmentally friendly products and processes where possible and practical and dispose of used items e.g. fluorescent tubes in an eco-friendly manner, meeting current environmental regulations. We will continue to use and extend the school’s natural learning environment for curriculum subjects, and tend and grow flowers throughout the year, and vegetables in the spring and summer.


Local Well-being

Through engaging with parents, local businesses, schools and community groups, we will provide activities such as bird box building, apple day sand litter picking to raise awareness of sustainability issues.


Global Dimension

As a school, we participate in activities linking us to the wider world such as Red Nose Day, Children in Need, Action Aid, Senior Department Citizenship charities and Comenius projects. We also have links with schools/ individuals in Europe and Africa.



The Shrubberies School is committed to developing a curriculum that will deepen environmental awareness and an understanding of the meaning of sustainable development allowing its pupils to develop a greater knowledge of their responsibility to care for themselves, others and the environment.

We will continue to extend this ethos of sustainability throughout the school in our determination to move towards a healthier, safer, more inclusive and equitable society.



Upon completion of all new projects, a member of staff, parent, governor or class will be given the responsibility for ensuring future upkeep and maintenance.




These pictures are dedicated to our wildlife area at school which is part of our learning here at school.  We hope you enjoy the photographs, we certainly enjoy the exploration, and chance to get close and explore the wonders of the natural world.   Academic Year 13/14.

We have in 2014 bred two ducklings in the classroom and now released them to our wildlife pond area, and got to know them and with the guidance of staff learned to allow them to explore and grow up and learn just as we are doing at school.


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