Green flag for Athelstan

FLAG: With the Green Flag at Athelstan Primary School  are members of the school Eco-Team with science coordinator Kathy Barton, eco-govenor Denise Clayton and school business manager Sue Thompson. (L4804TS) Picture: Tony Saxton
FLAG: With the Green Flag at Athelstan Primary School are members of the school Eco-Team with science coordinator Kathy Barton, eco-govenor Denise Clayton and school business manager Sue Thompson. (L4804TS) Picture: Tony Saxton
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ECO-MINDED pupils at Athelstan Primary School in Sherburn are celebrating after gaining a prestigious environmental award.

The government’s Green Flag award recognises the schools commitment to the environment and Athelstan has impressed assessors with its green credentials.

Headteacher Karen O’Donnell said: “It’s wonderful to have the hard work of both staff and pupils recognised in this way and I am proud that we have achieved such a prestigious award.”

The Assessors Comments about the school included: “The main strength the school has is the enthusiasm and commitment of the students, this was more than evident during my visit.”

In addition, interactive creative and explorative environmental equipment bought with an £8,839 Awards for All Big Lottery grant has been installed.

Also the Kingspan Community Trust for providing £4,563 to increase the level of challenge and development of recreational play for years one to six.

The play area now incorporates natural elements which will help children gain a sense of freedom and encourage them to explore their surroundings, through unstructured play.

Mrs O’Donnell added: “The school is very grateful for the support from the Awards for All Big Lottery Fund and Kingspan which has enabled us to complete the school’s vision for it’s Early Year’s provision.”