Great Ballard goes green for successMay 10, 2018
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Great Ballard School in Eartham, near Chichester, has been awarded the Green Award in the Chichester Observer Business Awards 2018. Great Ballard School is based in the South Downs National Park and being ‘green’ is a way of life for the pupils and staff.
Winning the award over the weekend that saw celebrations for Earth Day and the birth date of environmentalist John Muir has only helped cement the importance of this award for the school.
All the children at Great Ballard School get involved in a number of environmental initiatives such as weekly Forest School classes, tree planting, growing and cooking their own food, recycling and reusing to name but a few. Pupils also take part in the John Muir Environmental Award Scheme.
The school itself is proud of its ‘green’ credentials; it uses sustainable sources, such as wood chips, for its heating, recycles paper and cardboard for animal bedding and leaves areas of grassland wild to encourage wild flowers to grow. These are just a few of the things Great Ballard School is doing to ensure that being ‘green’ is something they embody as a business and as an encouragement to all their pupils for now and the future.
Headmaster, Richard Evans, said: “We are delighted to have won this incredibly important award. Being ‘green’ is something we take very seriously at Great Ballard. It is a key part of our ethos – we are based in the stunning surroundings of the South Downs National Park and our pupils benefit from this on a daily basis. It is our aim to build on the work we have done so far and on winning this award. We have started a maintenance programme looking at improving our efficiency and working practices further. With Earth Day having just been celebrated this really couldn’t be a better time to win this award.”