Very Proud to be Sustainably Stroud
This October we proudly launched our first ever four-year Sustainability Plan to help the school community take practical steps to reduce its footprint.
Through this we have set up a range of projects and schemes to tackle four keys areas:
- energy efficiency and creation
- food waste reduction
- reduce, reuse, recycle
- nature recovery.
Our first big fundraising project is buy a Ridan food composter. This, alongside a project to reduce food waste, will enable us to turn what waste we have left into useable compost for the school, while teaching the children how compost is made.
The four-year sustainability plan was launched by children enjoying a wide range of learning outside the classroom activities including: weaving woven petals that will be used to mark out wildflower meadows next Spring; basket making; and insect and honey tasting.
This was followed by Stroud’s very first Green Fair: we welcomed a number of independent stalls from wildlife charities Hampshire and the IOW Trust and Hampshire Swifts, to independent artists selling arts and crafts. The Test Valley Council promoted recycling and SA Energy demonstrated solar energy. We also offered an Electronic Car Information Area for visitors to speak to people who own electric cards, alongside a “Children’s Outdoor Kit swap and costume sale”.
Learning Outside the Classroom is not a new concept at Stroud; we annually hold a Learning Outside the Classroom Day where the whole school embraces the spirit of the Outdoor Classroom concept. And as part of our continuous drive to embed and further develop sustainability, our Wildlife Ranger has been focussing on unlocking the potential of our extensive outdoor areas, whilst developing the curriculum of sustainability across all year groups.
We have also begun the development of our beautiful 22 acres of outdoor spaces, with several areas of woodland getting a new lease of life with pathway restoration, seating areas and hedgerows. Other areas are being left to recover organically as part of a wider rewilding effort.
Mr Caie has also constructed a wildlife hide nestled into a forgotten corner of the grounds, in which pupils have been able to get closer to our wildlife and have an outdoor hub to use in wetter weather.
Stroud has been awarded the ‘Council for Learning Outside the Classroom’ (CLOtC) Silver Award, a national accreditation that has been endorsed by the Department for Education, and is working towards its Gold Award.
The School has been praised for outstanding achievement in sustainable development education and management, and continually improves the environmental performance of the School and the wider community.
Ongoing projects include gardening clubs, planting an orchard in the school grounds and further energy saving and charity initiatives.
If you have any questions regarding the Stroud School Sustainability Initiative, please contact Mrs Wend Reid.