Sharing 'green' experience
The Leys School, the first secondary school in the East of England to be awarded Green Flag school status, joined with others for the inaugural Cambridge Eco-Schools Conference at the city's Netherhall School.
The conference looked at how schools can be run in a more environmentally-friendly way. Charlotte Smith (Y7), Cameron Lewis (Y8) and Toby Harris (Y9) took part in workshops addressing the issues of school meals, alternative energy and recycling.
Andrew Harmsworth, Head of Physics and organiser of The Leys Eco Eco-Schools Action Team, said: "The Leys was the only Green Flag secondary school represented, so the other schools - some of whom have only just begun the Eco-Schools framework - were able to benefit greatly from hearing about what has worked well here and what problems we have come up against."
The Leys received its Green Flag School award last year. The School is working to integrate sustainable development into all facets of its activities. It has reduced the amount of rubbish it sends to landfill by two-thirds and increased energy efficiency by improved insulation and generating energy on-site through the use of solar hot-water panels.