Eco School Page
Christ Church Eco Ethos
Here at Christ Church C of E we pride ourselves on being an Eco Legacy Ambassador School, the highest honour awarded to schools, and one of only a handful in the country, for the last 10 years. We have held a Green Flag status for 18 years. As an Eco Ambassador School we understand the importance of empowering our pupils to know that they can help make the changes our world needs to be more sustainable. Eco-schools Ambassadors are leaders in extending the ethos of Eco-schools far beyond the school gates, interacting with the local community, nationally with the Eco-schools network, along with sharing knowledge, information and advice with other schools.
The pupils at Christ Church receive lessons specifically dedicated to learning about Eco elements, from bio diversity to the importance of recycling.
How we are actively promoting British Values
It is expected that pupils should understand that while different people may hold different views about what is 'right' and 'wrong', all people living in England are subject to its law. Our ethos and teaching supports that of the English Civil and Criminal Law, and we do not teach anything that undermines it. We take care when teaching the difference between state and religious laws, however, pupils are made aware of the differences between the law of the land and religious laws.
We think that citizenship at Christ Church is about giving children the skills to become responsible individuals and independent thinkers. They should be able to make informed judgements that will enhance their quality of life and that of others, while, at all time, showing respect for themselves and other people, irrespective of gender, culture, religion and ethnicity.
enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem, and self-confidence;
- enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
- enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public situations and services in England;
- further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect of their own and other cultures;
- encourage respect for other people; and
- encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
Intended outcomes for pupils
an understanding of how citizens can influence decision making through the democratic process;
- an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected by law;
- an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
Pupil Voice and School Council
We believe every child should have an equal voice. We meet with the team on a weekly basis and this is fed back through pupil voice to their peers. We have a very active school council made up of children that have been elected by their fellow pupils after producing a manifesto. We have noticed that children sitting on the Council have become more confident and articulate because they have been elected by their own classmates. The Council also interview members of staff about their role on a curriculum subject. The answers are then fed back to a member of the School Leadership Team in a School Council Meeting.
Our Eco team have decided that we need to improve our recycling around plastics. New recycling bins have been introduced into the Infants and the staff room to help recycle plastic milk bottles.
We are continuing to work with local schools and Oldham Council to improve pathways to enable more people to be able to walk or cycle to school, this is part of the Chris Boardman scheme.
We have three Health Champions in school. They will be looking at projects in school to improve the health and well being of all our pupils.
Our Upper Juniors have been educated about keeping safe around trams and trains. After the visit Year 5 and 6 created their own safety posters with the messages that they had heard.
Health and Safety Officers
Our job is to make sure we have a safe environment for children and staff. Once a week we walk around school with our site manager, Mr Carroll. We write down any hazards or faults that could be dangerous. We report back what we have found to our health and safety meetings.