We have been awarded our first Eco Schools Award - the bronze award!
This is our first step towards the Green Flag Award. Thank you to the pupils of the Eco Team, who have helped achieve this by carrying out an environmental review and using it to create an action plan based on three topic areas; healthy living, litter and waste. They have also been responsible for following up these actions points and helping to spread the eco-word in their classes. Our next task is the silver award which is about making links with other areas of the curriculum and informing and involving the school and wider community.
Outdoor learning is an important part of our ethos at Bridgewater Primary School, so we are delighted to have received our Gold Award from the Woodland Trust.
The Woodland Trust's Green Tree Schools Awards are designed to help schools celebrate woods and trees by completing environmental projects and encouraging outdoor learning. Our wooden plaque, presented upon achieving our Gold Award, is proudly on display outside the school office.
Our active school travel plan was recognised with a Gold Modeshift Star in 2018 (having received our Bronze in 2016 and Silver in 2017). We were also nominated by Hertfordshire County Council for a national travel award in 2017.
Modeshift Stars is the national schools awards scheme recognising schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. Our travel group is made up of parents, local residents, a member of staff and a governor. The group works alongside our Junior Travel Ambassadors, who are pupils from Year 1 upwards voted for by their peers. The Travel Group and our Junior Travel Ambassadors work to encourage sustainable, active travel to school in order to improve the health and well-being of our pupils and act in an environmentally and community-friendly way. You can find out more here.
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Registered schools can apply annually and their application is then graded as either bronze, silver, or gold. Schools which consistently achieve the gold award will also be offered the opportunity to upgrade this to platinum.
Schools are assessed on the following criteria;
Participation - how many young people at your school are being engaged in sporting activity?
Competition - how many different sports are being played and how many competitions are being entered?
Workforce - how many pupils are involved in leadership activities alongside taking part in competitions?
Clubs - how many local links does your school have with clubs or establishments from the area?
We are delighted to have been awarded a gold award, even though we only had two year groups in Key Stage 2 last year.
Managed by the British Council, the International School Award is a framework for the international work of schools. Bridgewater Primary School has been awarded this certificate for its work in relation to Nepal, a cross-curricular project focused on supporting a school and a family in a village devastated by the 2015 earthquake.