Eco School

Learning for a Sustainable Future

At Crickhowell High School we have an ethos of sustainability, helping to protect the environment and to improve the wellbeing of people in the local community, as well as global citizens.  We are proud to be the first secondary school in Powys and the 3rd in Wales to have achieved our 3rd Green flag award, showing our commitment to the environment.  We are also delighted that we have achieved the 3rd phase of the Healthy Schools Award, showing our dedication to improving the wellbeing of pupils and staff.

Riverside Rescue is a scheme where each half term pupils and staff put on their wellies and using litter pickers, clear debris from the stream that flows through the school and off through the Bull Pit Meadow to join the River Usk.

Gardening Club started in the Summer Term and encourages both pupils and staff to help improve the school grounds by clearing weeds, as well as planting flowers and trees to make the school even more attractive.

We our reduce energy use wherever possible and encourage pupils to consider their own carbon footprint by holding poster competitions for new displays and by promoting sustainable transport.

Annual events are held such as Planet Earth Day, in which pupils are taken off timetable to all participate in the activities raising awareness of environmental issues and global citizenship.  Our petition of over 500 signatures was delivered to the Copenhagen Energy summit by John Schrouder who jointly ran the day with us, with the aim to convince world leaders to pledge to reduce emissions.

We encourage pupils and staff to reduce waste and recycle whenever possible.  This includes our schemes to recycle yellow pages, catalogues, paper and mobile phones.  We even have a recycling bank where pupils can bring in cardboard from home and help raise money for the school, as well as helping the environment.

All pupils can take part in our lunchtime activities, like the community litter pick held as part of Keep Wales Tidy Week in September.  Pupils can also take part in Eco themed days out around the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Our Eco Code

  • We will save energy as much as possible.
  • We will always put litter into the nearest appropriate bin.
  • We will maintain our high standards of recycling.
  • We will use Fairtrade whenever possible.
  • We will aim to have a balanced diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
  • We will exercise regularly in school and at home.
  • We will try and involve our local community as much as possible.

Useful Links

https://www.keepwalestidy.cymru/Pages/Category/eco-schools  – Has information about the Eco Schools and Green Flag programmes as well as what we can do to reduce litter)

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/ (Hints and tips on saving energy to reduce your bills and help the planet, as well as a whole range of information on renewables!)

https://www.dwrcymru.com/en/My-Water/Water-Efficiency.aspx  -A wealth of information on why water is a precious resource here in Wales, what you can do to reduce the amount you use, and how water is brought from original source to your home.

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/wales/our-work-wales – Information on what this organization is doing to make transport in Wales healthier, cleaner and cheaper.