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The Schools' Environment Award has continued to grow since its launch in 2007. 16 schools in the Borough of Poole have achieved the First Level of the Award and two are working toward the Schools' Environment Award. We are currently looking for new Schools to join the Environment Award. If you are are interested in making your school more sustainable please contact us.


The aim of the Award is to engage Poole’s school children in learning about, taking responsibility for, and enjoying their environment. To encourage and celebrate sustainable healthy living through 6 simple sections:

1.     Natural world

2.     Waste and recycling

3.     Healthy living

4.     Transport

5.     Litter

6.     Blowing your trumpet!

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 Schools participating in the Award will benefit in the following areas: 

  • Fostering good community citizenship 

  • An opportunity to help develop young people’s decision-making skills

  •  Pride in the school’s environment  

  • Pride in the local environment 

  • An attractive environment to visitors  

  •  Improvement of cleanliness within school grounds and surrounding areas 

  • Potential for financial savings 

  • Reduction in resources used by the school 

  • Reduction in the carbon footprint of school 

  • Opportunity for local and national publicity 

  • A prestigious Award

The Borough of Poole, through Environmental & Consumer Protection Services, will be able to support schools throughout both levels by providing advice and support.

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The latest schools that are working on the Schools' Environment Award are Ashdown Technology College, Haymoor Middle School, Hillbourne School & Nursery, Oakdale South Road Middle School, Springdale First School, St Mary's RC VA Combined School and Winchelsea Special School.

In total 16 Schools have achieved the Schools' Environment Award:

  • Haymoor Middle School - July 2011

  • Hillbourne School & Nursery - July 2011

  • Oakdale South Road Middle School - July 2011

  • Springdale First School - July 2011

  • Winchelsea Special School - July 2011 

  • Hamworthy First School and Nursery - July 2010

  • Old Town First School and Nursery - March 2010

  • Corfehills School - December 2009

  • Heatherlands First School - December 2009

  • Lilliput CE VC First School - October 2009

  • Ad Astra First School - September 2009

  • Courthill First School - September 2009

  • Montacute Special School - May 2009

  • Sylvan First School - May 2009

  • Branksome Heath Middle School - March 2009

  • Longfleet CE VC Combined School - March 2009

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Activities undertaken in the schools include installing new litter bins, a central recycling centre, a compost bin and a water butt, organising a sponsored cycle ride and raising awareness of ways in which to save energy and water. Children have also been involved in cleaning a pond, planting a hedgerow, and making bird feeders from pine cones.

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If you are are interested in joining the Award please contact us.

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Contact us


01202 261700

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Environmental and Consumer Protection
Unit 1
Newfields Business Park
2 Stinsford Road
BH17 0NF

Children litter picking