St Ives school flagged up as green champions

GREEN-fingered superheroes at Westfield Junior School have won a third Green Flag for their contribution to saving the planet.

GREEN-FINGERED superheroes at Westfield Junior School, in St Ives, have won a third Green Flag for their contribution to saving the planet.

The school is only the second in Cambridgeshire to be granted the award, part of the International ECO-Schools programme, which recognises the efforts of schools to be environmentally aware.

Westfield has been singled out to be a case study school, supporting others in their quest to become greener.

Assessors praised the way children enjoyed the range of eco-projects and how the programme was deeply rooted in everything that happened at the school.

Led by teachers Diane Cant and Jill Burt, Westfield has made eco-friendly measures part of daily school life, with a thriving eco club with more than 40 members, a nature area, a fruit orchard and a vegetable patch where children grow produce for the school kitchens.

Teacher Frances Smith said: “It’s been a huge amount of work, but the children have loved being a part of it and have got involved at every stage.

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“Being green has become embedded in the workings of the school.”

To find out about the ECO-Schools programme, visit www.eco-schools.org.uk

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