Pelham First School held a special assembly recently to celebrate achieving the Eco-School Award for the first time and the ‘Investor in People’ Award for the third time – the first school in south east England to achieve this.

The students at Pelham have introduced a number of measures to make sure they are an Eco-friendly school involving the introduction of re-cycling bins in each classroom and office for waste paper, litter monitors to keep the grounds free of litter and measures to reduce water usage.

Headteacher, Katherine Davis said: “The children formed their own Eco-School council to discuss the issues and plan for change in the school. They were presented with a certificate and large Eco-School flag – so we now need to buy a flagpole.”

The ‘Investor in People’ award recognises the schools strengths in offering professional development for all the teachers and support staff working in the school. It also recognises the value the school places on creating a supportive and caring environment for its employees in which everyone works towards shared goals and aspirations.

Ian Parkes (chief executive at Aztec) and Justin Jupp (Tidy Britain group) both came to present the awards to the school.