Wimbledon Park Primary nominated as top sustainable school

Wimbledon Park Primary have been named finalists in next week’s DFES Awards for the Dfes Award For Sustainable Schools

The school’s vision includes pupils having the opportunity to learn and understand how to work towards a sustainable future.

Wimbledon Park was one of the first ECO schools in the country. Their “Sustainability – the way forward” curriculum project is just one of the innovative ways children are motivated to become active environmentalists, confident and articulate learners, by making learning fun and relevant. In 2006 the school won five awards for their activities in this area.

The school has also integrated environmental issues into the school curriculum and has a school Eco-Code displayed in every classroom. They are focused on saving energy, reducing waste, recycling and saving water. The school grounds are maintained by parents, children and staff on Family Gardening Days, and used as an outdoor classroom. A range of areas has been developed, including a wildlife area, eco garden, outdoor stage, vegetable plots and adventure playground, which are all used for study and recreation.

Dee Russell, headteacher of Wimbledon Park said:

“We are just so delighted to have got this far – it is very much a team effort. The children take ownership of the sustainable agenda and we listen to the children and implement their ideas. Our children really can walk the talk.”

Councillor Oonagh Moulton, Cabinet Member for School Standards and Youth Engagement said:
“It is a wonderful achievement for Wimbledon Park Primary to be nominated for such an important award. Their commitment to making a difference to both the life chances of their pupils and the environment is outstanding.”