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Eco Council

A More Sustainable Upper Shirley High….

Did you know?

Upper Shirley High became the first school in the country to sign up to the ‘Green Declaration’?

In signing the declaration Mr Woods said ‘At Upper Shirley High we believe that becoming more sustainable has a key role to play both in the curriculum and throughout the school site.  In preparing our students for their futures it is important to instil in them a value for their world and everything in it. As a society we are consistently living as though we have the resources of several planets to live on when we only have 1. Schools are very well placed to grow the knowledge and skills that will enable our students to use the resources we have more wisely. We are very proud to be the first UK school to sign up to the Green Declaration.’


So what does Sustainability mean?

In a nutshell sustainability is about:

‘enabling all people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life, without compromising the quality of life of future generations’.  (Defra 2005)

How can USH become more sustainable?

The Eco Council are a growing group of students who want to make Upper Shirley High a ‘greener’ school both for students and staff. We also want to encourage our wider community to become more sustainable too.

In addition to this members of staff are systematically reviewing different aspects of school life from IT to cleaning products (and everything in between!) to try and ensure that we are as environmentally friendly as possible.

How does the Eco Council lead on sustainability?

Recently we have taken part in a variety of projects such as:

  • Making and distributing recycling boxes for classrooms
  • Promoting Fair Trade products by running a Fair Trade tombola during Fair Trade Fortnight
  • Participating in the Southern Water Aqua Innovation Challenge where we had to come up with a water saving design and present it to a panel of judges at Fontwell Racecourse. The team won a 3D camera for the school at this event and really impressed the judges with their idea and presentation skills.
  • Supported Switch Off Fortnight by encouraging everyone to switch off appliances that were not being used for a lesson each day
  • Leading sessions during the Year 6 Transition days promoting wise energy use using solar toys and sunflower seeds!

Where next?

We want to continue the work that we do in school and are looking forward to:

  • Leading on the development of our wildlife area to make it into a learning resource that everyone can use
  • Completing the film highlighting the issue of deforestation with the support of funding from the Think Big programme
  • Start to work towards achieving Green Flag Eco Schools status
  • And lots more…!

What is the Eco Schools Framework?

This is a nationally recognised set of themes which schools can focus on to improve their sustainability based on Energy, Waste, Litter, School grounds, Bio-diversity, Water, Healthy Living, Transport and the Global perspective. For more information please use this link:


Who can get involved?

Anyone can be part of making Upper Shirley High a ‘greener’ school! This year we want to encourage more staff to get involved and to strengthen our links with the other schools in our learning community.  If you have any ideas to help us become more sustainable or could help us achieve the Green Flag award we would love to hear from you.

Contact Sam Mawby

“Please pass on our thanks to all concerned and the teachers for their hard work and commitment to USH over the years - Very much appreciated. ” Parent