Sustainability

Sustainability at Teddington School

We are committed to supporting Government’s strategy for sustainability and climate change in education to reduce our environmental footprint and the drive achieve net zero.

The vision is that The United Kingdom is the world-leading education sector in sustainability and climate change by 2030

And this will be achieved through the following strategic aims:

  1. Excellence in education and skills for a changing world: preparing all young people for a world impacted by climate change through learning and practical experience.
  2. Net zero: reducing direct and indirect emissions from education and care buildings, driving innovation to meet legislative targets and providing opportunities for children and young people to engage practically in the transition to net zero.
  3. Resilience to climate change: adapting our education and care buildings and system to prepare for the effects of climate change.
  4. A better environment for future generations: enhancing biodiversity, improving air quality and increasing access to, and connection with, nature in and around education and care settings.

At Teddington, we are working towards this through the following initial projects.  These will adapt and develop as we tackle them:-

Our completed projects

  • New tree and hedge planting by the Student Council after a successful application to the Woodland Trust.
  • Full refurbishment of the main boys and girls toilet blocks has included grey (rainwater) harvesting for all toilets; replacement of all lights with new low energy LED fittings; motion censor taps to reduce accidental water usage and motion censor lighting to reduce usage to when occupied.
  • The refurbishment for the SRP Unit has included new low energy LED fittings with motion censors reduce usage to when occupied.

Our Pledged Projects

Project

Information

Aims

Timescale

Remove single use plastic bottles and cans from sale

The canteen will no longer sell single use plastic bottles or cans.  All students issued with a reusable drinks bottle and Generation Juice drinks dispencers installed.

1,2,4

September 2022

Introduce a clearer separated waste strategy with the goal of reducing collected mixed waste by at least 1/3rd by April 2023

Every classroom and office to have a separate paper and card collection bin.  Cleaners trained on separate collections.  To increase the recyclable volume of waste and reduce the mixed waste collection

1,2

To begin in October 2022

Further tree planting, re-wilding of the site

Woodland Trust application for hedgerows submitted in August 2022 to create further green corridors around the car park.

1,2,3,4

November 2022

Continued LED lighting replacement of bulbs and smart upgrade of the lighting system

To continue to upgrade all lighting to low-energy LED bulbs with a strategic, cost effective approach.

2,3

Ongoing 2022-2023

Electronic Car park gates – reducing vehicles in and around site to improve air quality

No collections or drop offs from within the school car parks will reduce idling engines near students on site.  This will be supplemented by encouraging cycling and walking to school

2,4

November 2022

Adapting our use of the DfE Period Products Scheme

To reduce the use of single use products through utilising the new DfE offer to include reusable personal products for students

1,2

October 2022

 

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