The efforts of students from the eco committees of two Huntingdonshire secondary schools have contributed to a national award win.  

St Ivo Academy, in St Ives, and Ernulf Academy, in St Neots, are among the most active in the Astrea Academy Trust’s network of 26 schools.  

And their environmental work supports the trust’s “Go Green” campaign, which recently won an initiative of the year award.  

Other companies shortlisted in the same category were the John Lewis Partnership and the Legal & General Group.  

St Ivo and Ernulf work together on environmental projects and visited Waterbeach Recycling Plant on World Environment Day in June.  

Students toured the site and met leaders from Cambridgeshire County Council and the plastics charity RECOUP. 

The visit inspired them to initiate their own recycling projects, including a “dead pen collection pot” and a battery recycling station.   

Astrea’s Sustainability Lead Rob Chambers said: “I am always impressed with how they translate their learning into positive action.” 

The awards were organised by the Chartered Governance Institute UK and Ireland, which supports professionals working in governance.  

Astrea Academy Trust won the category: Environmental Social and Governance Initiative of the Year.