Education News: Schools can get an award showing their commitment to improving air quality

Kevin Quinn (15 January, 2020) Education Environment

St Dunstan's College junior school won Gold Award

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Transport for London are handing out accolades  to schools that show a commitment to improving air quality – recently giving a gold award to St Dunstan’s College Junior School in Catford.

The award, which is part of TfL’s STARS programme, follows three years of dedicated work by the junior pupils and staff in becoming more sustainable.

Prior to the award, the Independent Junior School has held a variety of events to become more sustainable and raise awareness of the issue. This has included car free days, car sharing days, walk to school week. There has also been environmental after school clubs, dedicated health lessons and topics focused on saving the world and sustainability.

The award was presented to the Junior School during their weekly assembly by two representatives from Lewisham Council.

Speaking about the award, Acting Head of Junior School, Miss Laura Whitwood said: ‘The Junior School are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a STARS Air Quality Gold award, having worked towards this accreditation for the last three years. It is a huge achievement and we are thrilled that our hard work to become a more active and sustainably aware school over recent years has been acknowledged and celebrated.

‘We take pride in looking after our environment and caring for the space around us and sustainability in general is now embedded into our curriculum, co-curriculum and day to day life in school.

“STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.”

She added: ‘We will of course continue to hold our sustainable travel weeks and days, look at new, exciting ways in which we can encourage pupils to think about sustainability, as well as reviewing and updating our curriculum in light of current and up-to-date environmental factors.

While achieving the gold accreditation is incredibly satisfying, there will always be more we can do and further improvements we can make.’

STARS is TfL’s accreditation scheme for London schools and nurseries. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling. The programme also aims to support pupils’

To find out more and to register for the programme click here

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