Here at the Moorland Federation, with many of our schools based on Exmoor in the National Park with others based in highly rural locations, we understand the importance of taking care of our planet, and we're passionate about teaching our students to do the same. We're committed to sustainability and environmental stewardship, which is why we've put together a range of exciting programmes and initiatives that help protect our environment and inspire the next generation of eco-conscious citizens.
Our sustainability programmes focus on conservation, recycling, and waste reduction education, ensuring our students are well-versed in ways to make a positive impact on the environment. We encourage our school community to think green, promoting eco-friendly practices in our everyday lives.
One of our flagship projects is Generation Exmoor, an outdoor learning initiative developed in close collaboration with Cutcombe and Exford C of E First Schools and the Exmoor National Park Authority. This project immerses our students in the breathtaking beauty of Exmoor, providing them with hands-on opportunities to learn about local wildlife, habitats, and the importance of preserving our natural surroundings.
A further flagship project of Dunster First School is the committed Eco student leadership group who proactively work with National Park, Somerset Wild Life and other groups obtaining numerous awards from being the first to obtain the Coastal Schools Awards and Green Tree awards.
Some of our fantastic sustainability programmes include:
- Conservation and Recycling Education: We teach our students about the importance of conservation, recycling, and waste reduction, empowering them to take action and make a positive impact on the environment.
- Waste Reduction Initiatives: We continuously strive to reduce waste in our schools, encouraging recycling, composting, and responsible consumption to minimise our ecological footprint.
- Green Spaces: Our schools are dedicated to maintaining and enhancing green spaces, providing students with access to nature, fresh air, and outdoor learning opportunities.
- Becoming plastic free schools.
Additionally, we're proud to offer Forest School education, an innovative approach to learning that takes our students outdoors and connects them with nature. Through engaging, hands-on activities, our students develop a deeper understanding of the environment, as well as essential problem-solving and teamwork skills.
Our commitment to sustainability goes beyond our programmes and initiatives. It's a mindset that we foster within our school community, inspiring students, staff, and families to be environmentally conscious and make eco-friendly choices.
Together, we're working towards a greener future for our planet and future generations through our People, Purpose and Planet mindset.