Green Flag Award Criteria

So we are going for our green flag. What do we really need to do? Here is the criteria (you could call it the success criteria! haha) for green flag:

The Eco Committee

  • Pupils put themselves forward, and are selected by their peers to be part of the Eco Committee.
  • Pupils are given the opportunity to nominate some adult members on to the Committee for specific tasks
  • The Committee sometimes co-opts adult members on to the committee for specific tasks
  • The Committee meets at least once every half term.
  • Minutes are kept of meetings showing how decisions have been made, and pupils share the minute-taking responsibility with adults
  • Minutes are displayed on an Eco-Schools notice board
  • Reports of Committee meetings are presented at school board/Parent Council meetings
  • Pupil members of the Committee are responsible for taking ideas from the rest of the pupils and reporting back result of Committee meetings to all the classes or forms in the school


Environmental Review

  • Pupils and Adults on the Eco Committee plan and carry out an Environmental Review of the School in consultation with some non-Committee members
  • A review document is used that covers all areas of environmental impact
  • The results of the Review are collated into one document for display on the Eco-Schools notice board and website (if the school has one)
  • Pupil members of the Committee collect suggestions for action from school classes or tutor group
  • An Environmental Review is undertaken once a year to evaluate overall progress


Action Plan

  • The Action Plan is included in the school development or improvement plan
  • Pupils on the Eco Committee take responsibility for leading some action areas
  • The Action Plan prioritises targets
  • The Action Plan shows cost implications and include how activity will be monitored and evaluated
  • The Action Plan is displayed on the school’s Eco Notice Board in a clear, pupil-friendly format.


Monitoring & Evaluation

  • The Eco Committee ensures that evaluation of action is ongoing, appropriate to the activity monitored and that some of it is carried out by pupils
  • The whole school is aware of progress of environmental action, and is given the opportunity to evaluate its effect through discussion and debate
  • The Eco Committee meets to review progress and analyse the data collected
    They build on successes and decide on remedial action when activities are not proving successful
    Some monitoring data is used for curriculum work


Linking to the Curriculum

  • The school has a named individual responsible for environmental education/sustainable development education
  • The school has a curriculum plan integrating a range of environmental issues into the curriculum across some year groups or classes in a range of subjects
  • Aspects of Eco-Schools activities are integrated into a range of subjects across the curriculum for the majority of classes or year groups
  • Issues surrounding sustainable development are explored through curriculum activities in many year groups
  • (Secondary schools only) The school has conducted a comprehensive Curricular Audit for Sustainable Development Education.


Involving whole school and wider community

  • Eco-Schools activities are displayed on a notice board inside/outside the school Displays of Eco-Schools Activities are put up for the local community for example in the library, local shop, church or community hall
  • Eco-Schools activities are integral to the school and the whole school engages in an annual Day of Action (or similar activities)
  • The wider community is involved in the activities going on in the school; for example local council officers and members of local businesses, or environmental organisations
  • The school has approached the local press to cover its Eco-Schools activities.
    Details of the school’s Eco-Schools activities are put on the School’s web site (if the school has one)


Eco Code

  • The whole school is given the opportunity to make suggestions for what they believe should be included in the Eco Code
  • The Eco Committee drew up a Code from suggestions collected, and presented it to the school for approval
  • The Eco Code is displayed on the Eco Schools notice board and in all classrooms. It is also displayed on any outside notice board and the school’s web site (if the school has one)
  • The Eco Code is reviewed by the whole school every year to make sure it remains relevant


School Grounds Survey

We will be coming round Personal Support classes this week to evaluate school grounds.

Feel free to comment any answers or suggestions!


  1. What is the worst area of the school grounds?
  1. Outside the cafeteria
  2. Beside the Astroturf
  3. Car Parks
  4. Main Ground (Between B Block and Main building)


  1. What are the main issues?
  1. Vandalism
  2. Litter
  3. Disrepair


  1. What do you feel would improve this?
  1. Paintings/Murals
  2. More Bins
  3. Litter Picks
  4. Planting flowers and tidying up overgrown areas
  5. Sheltered areas
  6. More Bins


  1. Any other suggestions?

There will be a meeting on Wednesday at lunchtime to discuss the issue further, feel free to come along.