Fleetwood’s Cardinal Allen Catholic High School is celebrating after landing a top eco role.
The school, on Melbourne Avenue, has been selected to hold the prestigious role of Eco-Schools Ambassador, along with 11 other schools across the country.
Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable education programme in the world, and is run in England by Keep Britain Tidy.
To date, more than 17,000 English schools are registered with the programme, with more than 1,700 holding the International Eco-Schools Green Flag award.
Last month, Eco-Schools announced it had selected 12 new Eco-Schools to hold the Eco-Schools Ambassador role for the next two years.
Cardinal Allen’s own eco co-ordinator, Andrew Harding, acknowledged the accolade was not just for his school, but Fleetwood’s others schools.
In Fleetwood and Wyre, Cardinal Allen heads an eco cluster, which sees many primary schools get involved in a number of green events.
Mr Harding said: “This is recognition for all the collaborative work from all the schools in our eco cluster, and shows that this area is one of the top areas in the country for eco work.
“We are all delighted with this accolade, because it shows all our hard work has paid off and been recognised at a national level.”
Each year Eco-Schools choose exceptional schools to represent their programme and encourage new schools to join.
Schools hold the role for two years, and must have held the Eco-Schools Green Flag award for four consecutive years to be eligible to apply for the role.
The Government-founded Green Flag scheme’s criteria includes promoting conservation and sustainability, making schools welcome and safe places and creating flourishing green spaces.
Regarding the green space aspect, Cardinal Allen has launched a programme of tree-planting at the edge of its playing fields, with a broad range of species introduced.
The school’s busy eco group and work with other Fleetwood schools also helped with the Green Flag status.
However, Eco-Schools Ambassadors are also expected to work above and beyond the expectations of the Green Flag award, going that extra mile to demonstrate that sustainability is core to the schools’ culture; that they show inspirational leadership and an initiative approach to working towards the Eco-Schools programme.
Angela Tibke, an Eco-Schools programme delivery Officer, said: “We are excited about working with our new Ambassador Eco-Schools over the next two years.”