Kings Monkton School is committed to sustainability and improving our environmental impact. Our vision is to:
- Have a neutral carbon footprint by July 2022.
- Develop a City Garden that supports wildlife and pupil’s wellbeing.
- Create a Pupil Manifesto for Change.
- Support organisations such as the WWF in educating our community on the importance of sustainability and biodiversity.
- Be a positive force of change.
We have already taken positive steps to improve our school environment and the world around us. Since September 2019 we have:
- Planted 1500 trees, supporting work with the Woodland Trust to re-wood certain areas and support wildlife.
- Invested in LED lighting around our school to reduce our electricity use by 80% for our lighting needs.
- Invested in a new, cleaner, minibus fleet to support more pupils travelling by school transport and not in private cars. We are also working closely with TFW to reduce cost, and encourage the use of Public Transport for our staff and pupils.
- Moved learning resources online through Google classroom to reduce photocopying and waste.
- Increased recycling in our canteen and made changes to our menu, listening to pupil voice, to reduce waste and rubbish.
- We continue to work towards our Eco-School status and have achieved Silver Award.
We also have a number of ongoing projects around our school:
- We have a garden area where we have wildflowers, annual flowers, perennial plants and flowers, native tree saplings, bug boxes, bird boxes, bird feeders and a greenhouse.
- A wall herb garden has been installed outside of the kitchen for the use of homegrown herbs and spices in our meals. All our gardening is 100% organic.
- There have been over 100 spring bulbs planted around the school
- An active beehive is on the roof of our school as we know how important pollinators are for the environment and want to encourage them in our environment
- We are planting trees around our school to introduce students to a variety of species including one large Nordmann fir and native tree saplings: a cherry tree, silver birch, hazel, horse chestnut, maple, crab apple and elms.
- 15 vegetable planters have been installed around the school playground so that pupils can get involved in growing a range of summer and winter vegetables for use in our kitchen. Tomatoes, chillies, peas, and lettuce were all used for meals in 2021 and ongoing.
- We have an eco-group to discuss current measures and to put ideas forward about what can be done around the school to further improve our sustainability.
- Our eco board displays both local (what is happening around Kings Monkton) and global news that might be of interest or importance