King’s Academy Ringmer has been focused on making sustainability an integral part of our school and learning since 2022.
We were awarded our first Eco-School award in 2002, and have now held this for 20 years and are the longest secondary school holder in the UK. We are also recognised as one of the top Eco-Schools countrywide.
With the drive and passion of Steve Green, we have also installed a wind turbine, solar panels, a biomass boiler, an electric car charging point, low-energy lighting and won many awards throughout this time; most recently the Department of Education Sustainability Award 2022.
Principal Mrs Williams and Environmental Project Manager, Mrs Teague, were thrilled when they won the award presented by Sponsor EQUANS and comedian Ed Byrne. Mrs Williams said “We faced tough competition, we got to know the other finalists while we were at the conference and they were truly inspirational - I am so proud of our students and their achievements because they are the reason we won the award”.
The school has plans to use the prize money towards more eco projects around the school to benefit the students and improve the environment within the Steve Green building.
Please contact the Environmental Project Manager Liz Teague to find out more about our Eco work.
Eco at King’s Academy Ringmer is driven by the students. We have a weekly club where the students talk about what projects they want to do and what is important to them. At the moment we have over 60 Eco Reps who are eager and enthusiastic about re-wilding the school grounds to encourage wildlife, including the creation of a wildflower meadow.
We also plan to work on developing the Eco Hub garden area. Work was done in 2022 with A Band of Brothers to tidy and make the area more attractive to wildlife, in addition to planting trees and shrubs, however the heat waves of 2022 undid some of our hard work. Despite this, our enthusiasm and commitment to improving this area remains, and we plan to continue working on the garden during 2023 to make the space welcoming for wildlife, provide a teaching resource and also a relaxation area for the students to enjoy.
The Eco reps also plan to use our wildlife camera to capture any visitors to our garden and report our findings. We can’t wait to see what animals we see and share with you.
As part of our Eco-Schools award, we also have an Eco Committee. The role of the Eco Committee is to ensure that we keep on track with our Eco-Schools Action Plan and the projects we have decided to work on during the year.
In addition to Mrs Teague, we also have our Eco Governor Ms Kong and Eco Parent (TBC) but most importantly our Eco Reps who wish to be on the committee and help drive the projects and activities forward.