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January 2023

♻ We are very proud to have our DfE Sustainability Award 2022 article included in the 'Eco-Schools January Newsletter'!

👇🏼 ICYMI - read below to hear about how our achievements and commitment to sustainability won us the award:

October 2022

King’s Academy Ringmer win the Department for Education Sustainability Award 2022!

The school were delighted to be shortlisted in the Education Estates 2022 Sustainability Award this year, and attended the conference in Manchester, where the Principal Mrs Sian Williams presented on King’s Academy Ringmer’s impressive environmental work and the legacy they are passing on to the students.  The school teaches the students to ‘think like environmentalists’ and threads this into the curriculum, providing support for careers in environmentally focused jobs and helping the students to consider what they can do to help the planet; all the more poignant with COP27 and the headlines the world is facing.

King’s Academy Ringmer 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.

The track record of King’s Academy Ringmer is impressive.  With over 20 years of work and commitments in sustainability and being environmentally conscious.  They were awarded their first Eco-Schools award in 2002 and are the longest secondary school holder of the Eco-Schools award in the UK.

The school continues to work with the students to improve the environment on the school site, encouraging students to become Eco Reps and get involved with improving plant diversity and wild flower meadows on site,  in addition to the teaching aspects in the curriculum.

This goes side-by-side with the many previous projects led by the now retired Steve Green, including a wind turbine, solar panels, biomass boiler, energy efficient lighting and an electric car charging station to name just some of the initiatives.

Mrs Williams and the new Environmental Project Manager Mrs Liz Teague, are keen to develop their environmental plans even further.  Mrs Teague said “We want the  Eco Reps to be guiding what we do, but also helping other schools in our community to develop their environmental thoughts and ideas.  There is so much potential and the current climate crisis has emphasised the importance of renewable energy, how changes need to happen now and how we can all contribute to improving things”.

If you would like to contact Mrs Williams or Mrs Teague to discuss working with them and what they can do to help you get your projects off the ground, then please contact them via