News release: Bristol’s first Eco-Ambassador School announced

Green team celebration

Green team celebration

Parson Street Primary chosen to be an Eco-Schools Ambassador 2015-2017

Nine schools across England will hold the Eco-Schools Ambassador role from 12 January 2015 – 2017

Parson Street Primary is the first school in Bristol to be selected to hold the prestigious role of Eco-Schools Ambassador, along with eight others schools across the country.

Eco-Schools is the largest Education for Sustainability programme in the world and is run in England by Keep Britain Tidy. To date over 17,000 English schools are registered with the programme, with over 1,700 holding the International Eco-Schools Green Flag award.

Parson Street Primary has gone the extra mile to gain the ambassador role through activities and policies for the whole school led by their green team. This ranges from recycling 88 per cent of materials; linking with community groups for planting and environmental audits; supporting nearby schools and schools in Mexico and China; and getting involved in themed weeks such as Waste Week, Switch Off Fortnight and local litter picks.

Eco-Schools have today announced that they have selected nine new Eco-Schools to hold the Eco-Schools Ambassador role for two years from 12 January 2015 to 5 September 2017.

Each year Eco-Schools choose exceptional schools across the country to represent their programme and encourage new schools to join. Schools hold the role for two years, and must have held the Eco-Schools Green Flag award for four consecutive years to be eligible to apply for the role.

Parson Street pupil David Thomas, aged 10 said: “Our green team is such fun and I like looking after the environment. I want to give the message to others so they can recycle and be more sustainable so that the world doesn’t become so polluted. I love taking on new roles and challenges so eco ambassadors will be BRILLIANT to do!”

Teacher and green team co-ordinator Clare Marshall said: “The green team at Parson Street have gone from strength to strength over the last few years and their enthusiasm and passion never fails to amaze me. They are so eager to share their ideas with others and to make a difference as they already do with schools both local to us and as far away as China so they will be delighted to be eco ambassadors! They make me incredibly proud.”

Eco-Schools Ambassadors are expected to work above and beyond the expectations of the Green Flag award, going that extra mile to demonstrate that sustainability is core to the schools culture, that they show inspirational leadership and an initiative approach to working towards the Eco-Schools programme, as well as helping other schools to adopt the Eco-Schools framework.

Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson said:
“I’m very proud that Parson Street Primary has been selected to represent the south west as an ambassador for the eco schools project. The students I have met there have been brilliant in coming up with great ideas.

“In the same year that Bristol is European Green Capital, the school’s motto has never been more apt: “Green World, Green Parson Street.”

Dr. Morgan Phillips, Education Manager for Eco-Schools, added, “The quality of the applications received this year were extremely high. It was great to assess them and learn about the brilliant approaches staff and pupils are taking to Education for Sustainability across the country.

“As more schools adopt the Eco-Schools framework we can be sure that more children are developing the knowledge, skills and values needed for a more sustainable world. Over the next two years our Ambassador schools will be helping schools and children in their local area to benefit through the Eco-Schools programme, Eco-Schools looks forward to working with them as they do.”

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For more information contact
Clare Marshall on 0117 9030226 or Julia Walton on 07968 844986
OR The Eco-Schools team on 01942 612 614, eco-schools@keepbritaintidy.org
Editor’s notes
· Parson Street Primary has been an Eco School since 2007, starting with a bronze award. Its Green Committee has also been shortlisted for Eco Committee of the year award.

· A photo of it’s green committee is attached.

· For more information about the Eco-Schools programme in England visit www.eco-schools.org.uk

· Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life. Eco-Schools can help enhance the curriculum and get the whole school united behind something important. Our mission is to help make every school in the country sustainable and to bring about behaviour change in young people and those connected to them so that good habits learned in schools are followed through into homes and communities. What’s more, by addressing environmental issues in school and reducing waste, they'll save money, which can be reinvested elsewhere.

· Full list of this year’s Ambassador schools;

Bruton School for Girls
Bruton, Somerset
Gorse Hall Primary & Nursery School
Stalybridge, Tameside
St. John Vianney RC Primary School
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Ashley CofE Primary School
Walton on Thames, Surrey
Birchwood Primary School
Ipswich, Suffolk
Parson Street Primary School
Bristol, Avon
Thomas A Becket Middle School
Worthing, West Sussex
Mowbray School
Bedale, North Yorkshire
Putnoe Primary School
Bedford, Bedfordshire

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