Middleton-on-the-Wolds Primary School has fought off stiff competition across the UK to be named WWF’s Green Ambassador School of the Year, for the school’s outstanding contribution to protecting and caring for the planet.
Pupils and staff from the primary school attended an awards ceremony to receive their prize of £5,000 during the special Green Ambassadors Summit being held at the Pioneer Activity Centre in Kidderminster.
Middleton-on-the-Wolds was crowned the winner for demonstrating how children of all ages, from reception to Year 6, are committed to green issues.
As well as being keen gardeners, the pupils grow their own food and have developed their own nature garden to encourage a range of species, from mini beasts to birds and foxes.
Headteacher Steve Woodhouse said: “We’re so proud to have won the award and will use the prize money to purchase a large polytunnel to grow a wider variety of crops and to start off flowers we raise from seed.
“It will also contribute towards the building of our sensory garden, where we’ll grow plants to represent the senses and that are also helpful to wildlife.”
The popular WWF Green Ambassador Awards aim to encourage a new generation of sustainability champions.
Sponsored by Alpro, the scheme inspires primary school children (5-11 year olds) to become active in making their school greener by looking at issues such as reducing energy, growing their own food, encouraging wildlife and reducing waste.
Cherry Duggan, Head of Schools and Youth at WWF-UK said: “We were amazed by the standard of entries this year and immensely heartened to see young people engaging with the environment.
“The WWF judges felt that Middleton-on-the-Wolds Primary School deserved to win the top award because they have demonstrated that despite being a small school, they have a big heart when it comes to protecting our environment and truly understand how everything they do in school and their lives affects our planet.
“We were particularly impressed by the pupils’ passion and commitment, inspired and supported by the lead eco-teacher Mrs Sylvia Milner. They set a brilliant example.”
During the Green Ambassadors Summit, pupils and teachers took part in active and creative workshops and active challenges to build their team building skills and explore their connection with nature.