News release: Bristol Primary shortlisted for national green award

Parson Street Primary School will find out on Thursday night (9th October) if they have won a national award for sustainability from the Independent Academies Association (IAA).

Shortlisted down to three, Parson Street Primary has used years of experience in making every aspect of school life green and sustainable, often resourcing specific projects with the help of the community.

Since 2008 the school has used its Green team with representatives from all ages to drive school decisions that affect the environment and to get involved in local action projects. Through its success in these areas the school was chosen to be a case study for Bristol City Council.

Parson Street Primary Headteacher Mark Lacey said:

“Much of what we have achieved at Parson Street has come from the students. From reducing lunchbox waste to learning about beach cleaning, and collecting toner cartridges every aspect of school life has sustainability as a vital consideration.

“I’m very proud that we’ve been shortlisted by the IAA in the run up to Bristol’s Green Capital year.”

Parson Street now recycles 88 per cent of its waste which has helped it save more than £500 a year by reducing the amount of materials thrown away.


Notes for Editors

The national best practice awards hosted by the Independent Academies Association takes place in London on Thursday 9th October. The IAA is the national membership organisation for leaders of academies.

Parson Street Primary is part of the Malago Learning Parnership - a collaboration between nine schools in south Bristol that strives to raise attainment and improve the life chances for all local children. The sharing includes the buying of outside services, professional development for staff, school improvement and joint events.

The schools in the partnership are Bedminster Down School, Cheddar Grove Primary, Greenfield E-Act Academy, Headley Park Primary, Illminster Avenue E-Act Academy, Knowle DGE special school, Parson Street Primary School, St Peter’s C of E Primary and Victoria Park Primary School. Between them they employ more than 500 staff (including support staff) and educate approximately 4,000 children and young people.

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