Championing Sustainability: Finalists in the Muddy Stilettos Best Schools Awards

Thank you to Muddy Stilettos for selecting us as finalists in their Best Schools Awards

We are honoured to be selected as finalists in the Muddy Stilettos Best Schools Awards in their “Championing Sustainability” category. This recognition highlights our dedication to promoting environmental stewardship and sustainability within our community and beyond.

Our Aims and Objectives

Our sustainability initiative aims to foster a culture of environmental responsibility. Our key efforts include:

  • Tree Planting: Enhancing biodiversity and creating greener spaces by planting trees.
  • Wildflower Meadows and Vegetable Gardening: Establishing these areas to support local wildlife and provide hands-on learning experiences.
  • Food Waste Management and Recycling: Implementing effective strategies to reduce waste and conserve resources.
  • Conservation Efforts: Collaborating with organisations like The Devon Wildlife Trust and participating in programmes such as Wildlife Champions to amplify our impact.

Through these projects, we empower our students with the knowledge and skills to become future sustainability leaders. Additionally, we are working with 361 Energy to assess our carbon footprint and develop a student-led action plan.

Strategies and Their Impact on Students

Our sustainability initiatives have provided significant benefits to our students, demonstrating their effectiveness in various ways:

  • Hands-On Learning: Activities like tree planting and gardening have enhanced students’ understanding of environmental issues and their responsibility towards nature
  • Leadership and Collaboration: Participation in eco-friendly projects has fostered leadership and teamwork skills among students
  • Environmental Awareness: Educational events and partnerships have increased students’ awareness of environmental conservation
  • Community Engagement: Projects like the Floral Project and Recycling Club have connected students with the local community, fostering civic responsibility

Evidence of Success

Our efforts have yielded tangible results, including:

  • Tree Planting: We have planted 600 trees, enhancing wildlife habitats and improving the aesthetics of our surroundings
  • QEII Project: Over 300 hours of gardening have resulted in a successful vegetable harvest, teaching students about sustainable food production
  • Conservation Club: Projects such as nest box building and wildflower planting have boosted local biodiversity
  • Educational Initiatives: Events like book swaps and Q&A sessions have raised environmental awareness among students, encouraging them to adopt sustainable practices

We are proud of the progress we have made and remain committed to continuing our efforts to champion sustainability in our school and community. We would like to thank Mr Shawcross, Mrs Hathway and Mr Calder for all their hard work. Their dedication and passion for sustainability have been instrumental in driving our initiatives forward. They continually inspire our students to engage with and commit to environmental responsibility, fostering a generation of future sustainability leaders.

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Sat 21st Sept
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Whole School Open Day
Sat 21st Sept
From 9:30am
Join us for our Whole School Open Day and discover how a West Buckland School education can benefit your child.