Schools' Environment Award

The Schools’ Environment Award has continued to grow since its launch in 2007 with 19 schools taking part in the original version of the award. 

In 2013/14 the award was revised, and new criteria were written. The revised version was made available to all infant, junior, primary and special schools.

Aims and rewards

The aim of the award is to: Engage local school children in learning about, taking responsibility for, and enjoying their environment, and to encourage and celebrate sustainable and healthy living.

There are 8 sections to the award:

  • natural world
  • waste and recycling
  • healthy living
  • transport
  • litter
  • water
  • food
  • blow your trumpet (celebrating successes)

Schools participating in the award will benefit in:

  • learning about the natural world and protecting our local environment
  • reducing waste and increasing knowledge and practice of recycling
  • raising awareness of healthy living and incorporating physical activity into the daily routine
  • improving greener transport and reducing traffic congestion: fewer cars at the school gate can make it safer for children who walk and cycle to school
  • learning about the dangers of litter to animals and marine life
  • recognising and celebrating achievements


Each of the schools undertook an array of exciting activities throughout their time participating, including bug hunts, litter-themed crafts, bike-ability classes, litter picks, and fun exercise activities. There were also visits from the RSPB  and the Dorset Wildlife Trust to teach the children about the amazing nature we are surrounded by here in Poole.

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If you are interested in finding out more or taking part in the award, please contact us.

Page last updated: 07 May 2019
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