by Gail Hovey
St Gregory’s Catholic Science College, Kenton, has been recognised for its outstanding green credentials by achieving the Eco Schools Green Flag Award for the fourth consecutive year.
St Gregory’s is one of only three state maintained secondary schools in London to hold the Eco Schools Green Flag Award and the only one to have achieved it four times.
Eco Warriors at St Gregory’s Catholic Science College have organised community litter picks in their local park and built an award-winning Eco Garden in which the green-fingered gang grows an array of fruit and vegetables, as well as nurturing wildlife in the school’s Eco Pond and Bug Hotel.
In addition to carrying out extensive recycling initiatives throughout the school, pupils have worked hard to reduce single-use plastics by banning plastic cutlery from the school canteen, using reusable water bottles and installing extra water refill stations across the school.
Eco Schools Assessor, Francesca Busca, recently visited the school and said: ‘It is heart-warming to see how the enthusiasm, involvement, and commitment of both pupils and staff seem to have triggered environmental awareness and practices exponentially, reaching way beyond the school grounds.’
Headteacher Andrew Prindiville said, ‘Our whole school community is absolutely delighted to have achieved this award for the fourth time, reflecting the sustained hard work, commitment, and support from pupils, staff and governors combined.’