Wetherby school’s joy at scooping green award

Date:10th May 2011.'Deighton Gate Primary School, Deighton Road, Wetherby, short listed in the Environment Awards. Pictured Elizabeth Gilgunn, holding one of the schools hens.
Date:10th May 2011.'Deighton Gate Primary School, Deighton Road, Wetherby, short listed in the Environment Awards. Pictured Elizabeth Gilgunn, holding one of the schools hens.
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cHILDREN and staff at a Wetherby primary school were celebrating this week after winning a prestigious environmental award.

The school won the Young People’s Award, part of the Yorkshire Post Environment Awards, at a dinner reception last Thursday.

Children and staff at Deighton Gates Primary School beat competition from 30 nominees altogether to win the award at the Queens Hotel in Leeds.

Headteacher Claire Harrison said: “At the school we are creating an ethos where the children, teachers, support staff, cleaners and catering staff care about themselves, others, the school and the environment around them.

“Our aim to establish a low carbon economy, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and reduce running costs for our school.

The school’s environmental mantra- “Reduce, re-use, recycle, reproduce, re-establish, reward” is used by teachers at the school to ensure everything is undertaken in an environmentally-friendly way.

As part of the environmental plan at the school children are encouraged to walk to school rather than get to school by car, the children and staff also grow vegetables and flowers in the school grounds- including an apple orchid.

The school also keep hens- with the eggs then used in the school or sold to staff and parents.

The awards were hosted by BBC Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury and aimed to celebrate the innovative environmental work of businesses, schools, social enterprises and individuals.