The Green Hero Education Awards are the only dedicated environmental awards for Lancashire Schools. The judging panel for these awards are able to recognise the environmental achievements of Lancashire Schools, as well as the hard work from pupils and staff behind the scenes. This year we, Thornton Primary School in Wyre, entered for the first time.
Over the past 12 months, the school have completed many recycling projects including the creation of a pop bottle green house and the instillation of our own composting area. This year has also seen the development of the school field into a Forest School. Every child, from pre-school to age 11, is able to access this fantastic way of learning with many exciting opportunities provided to enhance the curriculum. Sessions are held weekly by a qualified Forest School teacher through which the children have learnt to respect and care for their environment, alongside woodcraft skills and cooking on an open fire. The children often work together to complete tasks encouraging teamwork and improved communication skills whilst taking part in physical activities outside has a positive impact on their mental wellbeing.
Thornton Primary School was shortlisted in three separate categories.
One of our Year 2 pupils, Evie Jones, was the recipient of an additional award, Pupil of the Year. Evie works is enthusiastic and dedicated to her role within the Eco-Council. She is always thinking of new ways to recycle and reduce the school’s carbon footprint. Evie has also suggested areas of the community in which the school could complete litter picks and requested that a range of animal homes and feeders be made by the children for the school grounds to attract new species to visit.
Already delighted and proud to receive these awards, we were then thrilled when Thornton Primary School was announced as School of the Year. Out of 548 primary schools across Lancashire this is an outstanding achievement.