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Northfield Academy Eco School Environmental Review Overall Summary March 2012- March 2013Following our survey of the environment of our school wehave found:Things we are happy with: • Fresh, daily produce used and special diets are catered for on request • The school is looking at biodiversity on a department level • Tree planting scheme • S1 John Muir award • Links being set up with different schools (Mr Rorie) • The school is looking at being ‘A Rights Respecting’ school • Seating for corridors being bought through sponsored walk money • Eco schools notice board • Celebrate pupil achievement within Eco Schools through Dynamic Youth Award and Celebration of Success • Environmental curriculum review to be undertaken • Government/HMIE inspected school canteen menus • S1-S4 PE (110 mins approx) • Lunch extra curricular clubs • Anti-bullying policy • Home Economics always use raw ingredients • The Eco committee will focus on litter in some way • Departmental reviews of litter have been undertaken • Bicycle storage area • Sponsored walk event • Departmental traffic surveys
• Departmental investigation of water issues• Outside artwork visible across the school grounds• Developing Outdoor Education through Network champion.• School grounds open for public use• School email is the preferred way of communicating• The school uses ‘group call’ for a lot of home-school communication• School hosts paper recycling facilities• Recycled toilet paper and hand towels are used• Hot water supply is properly managed• Most windows are new and properly insulated• All outside doors close automatically
Northfield Academy Eco School Environmental Review Overall Summary March 2012 – March 2013Following our survey of the environment of our school we havefound:Things we need to take action on: • Let the community know what is happening with Eco Schools when work is underway • Developing the school grounds • Becoming a ‘Fair Trade’ school • Measure our Global ecological footprint • Water cooler available in every faculty • Eco schools in school improvement/development plan • Buddy system advertised better throughout the school e.g. who can help/why/when etc • Extra curricular after school club that caters for all age ranges • S5/S6 (50/55 mins approx) PE • No access to garden or an allotment for growing food • Further visits/outside speakers needed to educate pupils on food and the environment • Use food grown in school grounds in cooking projects • No school litter policy • Whole school survey of litter with results shared with everyone • Litter audit carried out revealing the types of litter found • Very little involvement in Community/National litter pick ups • No rewards or sanctions in place to discourage littering • No school travel plan which is shared with parents
• No official staff car sharing scheme• No network of shared routes to school• Outside sheltered and shaded seating areas need improvement• No school garden/allotment managed by pupils• There are areas of the school with drainage problems in wet weather• Recycling of paper from every department regularly• Not all photocopying is double sided• Avoid throwaway packaging in packed lunches• School does not use the recycling facilities it has effectively.• The pupils and staff who carried out the review believe there are not enough bins inside and outside the school. Also, that they are not in the right place. This has been echoed by Ian Thomson• The pupils and staff who carried out the review believe that not all scrap paper was saved for recycling or reused. However, Many classes do recycle but there is not a system in place.• Not all classes have a recycling bag. No collection of these bags has been put in place.• No compost bins• No sources of renewable energy used• There are still some old windows that are not insulated properly• No record of water usage• No automatic flush controls or hippo systems in the toilets