Eco-kids raising the roof in story of awards success

Gazette Education Awards at the Tower Ballroom.'Winner of the Sustainable School Award- Park School.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-11-2013
Gazette Education Awards at the Tower Ballroom.'Winner of the Sustainable School Award- Park School. PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-11-2013
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The trophy cabinet at Park School is fit to bursting thanks to their efforts to help the environment.

The Blackpool special school was last year named winner in the Sustainable School category of The Gazette’s Education Awards, praised for its efforts to maintain and promote eco challenges.

It had also won a Civic Trust Award, Eco School of the Year and a Wipe Out Waste Award and achieved Green Flag status that year.

Pupils at the school were as enthusiastic about their win as they are about the environment, racing to collect their award from the Tower Ballroom stage.

The school’s eco co-ordinator Donna Irving said: “It was a real honour.

“It’s quite a competitive category with lots of schools doing a great deal for the environment so it was a really lovely moment, especially when the children stormed the stage.”

This award, sponsored by Blackpool and The Fylde College, recognises schools that have developed awareness and sustainable development education across all the curriculum areas and the life of the school. Mrs Irving suggests winning this year’s award takes a lot of effort, from the whole school and taking that to the community, too.

She added: “Ours was a whole school effort.

“We have children here from four to 16 years old and they all understand about recycling and taking care of the planet.”

Sustainable School is one of 15 award categories in the 2014 Education Awards.

They are: School of the Year – Secondary and Primary, 
Pupil of the Year – Secondary and Primary, Sustainable School, Sports Achievement, Inspirational Teacher, Unsung Hero, Young Scientist/Engineer, Educational Tours, Career Aspiration, Health and Wellbeing, Creative Arts, Newly Qualified Teacher and Innovation in Technology.

Simply send in your nomination to: Education Awards, The Gazette, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent, Blackpool Business Park, Blackpool FY4 2DP. Or email your entry to competitions@blackpoolgazette.co.uk. But hurry, closing date is tomorrow.

The Education Awards will take place at Blackpool Tower Ballroom on December 1.