Caddington Village School has been awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag award for its green transformation.
Staff and pupils have significantly reduced the school’s energy consumption and saved nearly five tonnes of C02 during October and November.
Simple changes like ensuring the boilers are on strict time controls, participation in “Switch-off Fortnight”, and making their own ‘hippos’ for the school’s toilets to reduce water consumption, are all helping to make the school more sustainable.
Nicki Butler, the school’s business manager said: “We are extremely proud of our staff and pupils. The children have implemented significant changes within the school and their hard work has embedded ecologically friendly activities into daily life. Our Eco Team of staff and pupils work to ensure we are now very much, a sustainable school. The environmental and financial benefits of this will impact positively on our school and the wider community, for years to come”.
The school is one of many across the area that are working with Central Bedfordshire Council to see how they can reduce their carbon footprint.
Cllr Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “Getting the Green Flag award is a great achievement and is something that the school and its surrounding community can be proud of. This is a great example of a school using investment, behaviour change and pupil involvement to see financial and ecological benefits.
“We are working hard with local schools and Academies to support them to ‘think green’ and enjoy the double benefit of making a positive change for the local environment and saving money too.”