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St Francis Xavier

Winners of the DfE Sustainability Award

On Tuesday 22nd October the Eco Team were delighted to receive the Department for Education (DfE) Sustainability Award for their environmental efforts to rapturous applause from the whole school.

The department created the Sustainability Award, sponsored by Engie, for schools that demonstrate an innovative and impactful sustainability programme. Schools Minister Lord Hill said: ‘Sustainability issues are an increasingly important part of our everyday life.' The department aims to identify and share best practice across the education community as well rewarding the winning school £2,500 to support their endeavours. 

After receiving the award Mrs Land, the group’s organiser said: “I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of the students and staff for their cooperation which together has made a huge impact in this school. So many of the school community are committed to supporting our eco work in a variety of ways.”  

This award is welcome recognition for the work the group has undertaken so far. However, their efforts continue to improve the environmental credentials of the school, minimising the negative impact it has on the environment whilst improving the way in which local wildlife is protected. As part of this objective the group have plans for natural habit schemes in the local churchyard and the school grounds supported by Mr Lister, the Technology Technician, building hedgehog houses, fabricated from recycled pallets. The team is hoping to have the first one ready and in place before the hibernation season starts.