Chipping school named one of ‘greenest’ in country

ECO-FRIENDLY: Coun. Susie Charles with (L-R) Jenna Marginson, Rebecca Gibb, Kit Berry and their feathered friends. (s)
ECO-FRIENDLY: Coun. Susie Charles with (L-R) Jenna Marginson, Rebecca Gibb, Kit Berry and their feathered friends. (s)

Brabin’s Endowed School, Chipping, has been awarded the prestigious ambassador status under a global Eco-Schools programme.

The school joins an elite band of only 14 schools across the country to have received the accolade and is the first in Lancashire to be considered.

The programme assesses a school’s sustainable credentials across nine areas – litter, water, energy, waste, transport, healthy living, school grounds, bio-diversity and global perspective. Schools are then required to undertake projects which count towards the status, ranging from bronze level to the prestigious Green Flag award. Lancashire county councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools, went to the school to see for herself why it’s officially one of the greenest in the country.

She said: “The energy of the staff and pupils at Brabin’s is inspirational – I think they could even be solar powered!”

“I was enormously impressed with everything I saw, including the vegetable garden, solar panels and recycling. I feel sure that these important lessons about looking after our planet will stay with the children for the rest of their lives.

“They are also having fun, which is a great way to learn.”

The free global Eco-Schools programme, which is run by Keep Britain Tidy, helps almost 40,000 schools around the world to think and act with sustainability in mind. Ambassador schools, like Brabin’s, are the programme’s shining success stories and will undertake the practical role of sharing best practice with other schools in their area.

Jill Partington, representative of the programme said: “Brabin’s will provide excellent leadership to other local schools who are keen to emulate it’s success.”