Caroline Flint is encouraging local schools to become “Eco-schools” after being impressed during a recent visit to Hatchell Wood Primary School.
The MP visited every class and had a long Q&A session with the School Council. The MP also praised Hatchell Wood for receiving a “Good” rating in its recent Ofsted.
“I have no doubt that this is a good school. It is proving so popular that they moved to two form entry a few years ago. This school has a lot to offer parents and children. Meeting staff and Governors like Cathryn Street, added further reassurance about the quality of this school and the commitment of its staff and governors.”
Ms Flint also singled out the school’s decision to become an Eco-school. “Mr Harris, his staff and governors have made great strides by joining Keep Britain Tidy’s Eco-schools programme. This programme is great way to teach children lifelong habits about not wasting energy or other resources. The school is now building towards a Silver award under the programme. This is more than teaching children not to litter – it is the whole school looking at saving energy and resources.”
Said Mr Harris: “Caroline was a welcome visitor to our school. She discussed various issues with our school council and they told her what they thought was really good about our school. We then gave Caroline a tour of the school and she read a story with a group of Year 2 children. All the children enjoyed her visit and were impressed that she gave them the time and answered their questions fully without avoiding any difficult subjects!
As an Eco-school, Hatchell Wood regularly does the following:
• Children’s eco committee
• Light monitors – check and switch off lights and computers when a class leaves a room
• Recycling – paper, toners and ink cartridges, pens
• Looking at alternative ways to contact parents rather than letters such as our texting service, website
• Try to reduce the amount of photocopying by looking at how we distribute class work
To find out more about the Eco-School programme, go to www.eco-schools.org.uk
Left to right Chair of Governors Cathryn Street, Caroline Flint and Headteacher Jeremy Harris with School Council members Rio, Melissa, Alex and Alicia.
Lively debate: the School Council fire questions at Caroline.