BGS is proud to be an Eco School! Bury Grammar School Pupils, aged 3-18 years, believe passionately in promoting and taking action to improve the environment. Whist the pupils realise that they are at the start of this process the actions taken so far are sustainable and are an excellent foundation on which to continue this journey. It was the actions of our pupils and staff that saw Bury Grammar School winning the Independent School of The Year Award: Green Award for Environmental Achievement in October 2019.
The award-winning Eco Committee which includes representatives from all age groups across the School has achieved:
* Achieved Silver Eco School award in the first 12 months of joining Eco Schools and are currently working towards the prestigious top award, Green Flag Status.
* A pupil led Eco Committee has been set up consisting of sub teams from each of the five schools.
* The pupils have created their own Eco Boards (in each of our schools). This contains our Environmental Review and our Action Plans for moving forward. Any news/interesting topics are also placed here.
* The topics of energy, litter and waste were chosen by the pupils and work is underway to embed these into everyday life at BGS: ENERGY – A competition was held to design a Switch off the Lights Logo. The winning designs have been placed in every classroom in all five schools. The Eco Warriors have been checking classrooms and reminding pupils and staff to switch off the lights. WASTE – The school canteen has been working hard to reduce waste. LITTER – After identifying particular hot spots for litter around the school, pupils from Year 3 to Year 13 participated in a 'Great Big School Clean Up' event. The older children took the opportunity to clean up classrooms, whilst the younger pupils picked up litter around the estate.
* Aside from the official committee, a weekly Eco Club runs, which is open to all senior school pupils. The club shares up to date news and makes plans to disseminate and action upon this.
* Spreading the word. Pupils from the Eco Committee present their ideas and achievements to the Eco Board which includes the a Governor and parent, Headmaster, Bursar and Alumni and church representative. Going forward we will have new members of the Eco Board who represent other schools.
* The pupils have put pressure on the School management team to
1. Change waste supplier. We now have; Larger bins so fewer collections; Waste supplier is local to school so supporting local businesses and less fuel used; All of our waste is sorted at the supplier’s depot; 100% of our waste is recycled in the UK.
2. Installed software to measure and monitor energy consumption in each part of the school.
3. Installed new printers that are more energy efficient. Software also measures individual usage.
4. We are working through a programme to replace old inefficient boilers with new efficient ones. We also have building management systems (BMS) on new boilers to improve the efficiency.
5. We are working through a programme to replace lighting to LED motion sensor activated lights.
* Pupil’s identified single use plastics were an issue in our canteen and as such launched the project - 'Go Green in the Canteen' and since then the following changes have been made(within 8 months);
1. Switched to paper drinking water cups from plastic IMPACT 46,000 less plastic cups purchased
2. Switched to compostable single use cutlery from plastic IMPACT 71,000 less plastic knives, forks and spoons purchased
3. Switched to eco packaging for sandwiches and salad boxes IMPACT 35,000 less plastic and polystyrene packaging used
TOTAL IMPACT 152,000 LESS PIECES OF SINGLE USE PLASTIC IN 9 MONTHS!
* Pupils take care of the eco systems in our outside space; In our School gardens pupils have made planters from recycled plastic bottles and have planted vegetables and flowers to for insects and we’ve got several bug hotels! Plans for 2019/20 include improving the School pond to attract more wildlife and learning what creatures will use the pond and surrounding area and how we can ensure we make an environment that is suitable or as many different species as possible.
Cross – Curricular
At BGS we are working hard to embed our Eco work into our curriculum. Here are just a few of the examples;
* BIOLOGY– Human impact on the environment and biodiversity as part of both the GCSE and A Level curriculum. There are also plans for Science Week next year to be focused on Eco issues.
* PHYSICS – Renewable and non-renewable sources are studied. This includes consideration of issues such as global warming, conserving resources and environmental impact.
* MFL – Pupils from various year groups learn how to discuss environmental issues, say which is the most important to them and how they and their families can help to protect the environment.
* GEOGRAPHY – Year 8 pupils do a full unit on sustainability and environmental issues.
* ENGLISH – Year 7 pupils complete an independent topic on environmental issues in the summer term. Year 10 pupils completed a series of lessons based on the protection of wildlife.