Brooke Hill Academy is rewarded for being an eco-friendly school

Brooke Hill Academy, Oakham, has been awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award. Pupils pictured with the flag, from left, Matthew Worthington, seven, Edward Strickland-Jack, nine, Olivia Derry, 10, Jamie Bunker, 10, Molly Shuttleworth, eight, and Phoebe Johnstone, seven.'Photo: MSMP100713-002ow
Brooke Hill Academy, Oakham, has been awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award. Pupils pictured with the flag, from left, Matthew Worthington, seven, Edward Strickland-Jack, nine, Olivia Derry, 10, Jamie Bunker, 10, Molly Shuttleworth, eight, and Phoebe Johnstone, seven.'Photo: MSMP100713-002ow
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An eco-friendly school has been rewarded for its efforts to promote green living.

Brooke Hill Academy has been awarded the Eco Schools Green Flag Award after investing two years into environmentally-friendly activities.

The school had already received the bronze award but skipped the silver certificate to go straight for the highest accolade.

Deputy headteacher Jane Fitzgerald said: “The children have really enjoyed working towards the award and are much more aware of things like energy saving and growing their own food.”

An eco council was set up to oversee the projects but the whole school has been involved in working towards the green flag status which was granted by Keep Britain Tidy.

Pupils have developed an allotment and built a bottle greenhouse to grow their own vegetables, had woodland lessons, supported Fairtrade Fortnight, hosted a walk to school week and learned about how to save energy.

Their green flag status will be reviewed in two years time.

Mrs Fitzgerald added: “We hope to build on the work we have already done and retain our green flag status.”