TES Awards Nomination

23rd April 2018


The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the state and independent sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2018 TES Schools Awards. It's been revealed today that St Christopher's has been shortlisted for theSustainable SchoolsAward.

TES editor Ann Mroz said:

"It is wonderful to see such innovative ideas and best-practice emerging from our schools and teachers, despite the current squeeze on funding. We had a record year for entries and the standard was the best so far - all those shortlisted should be very proud: it's an extraordinary achievement.

The winners will be revealed at our gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 22 June 2018"

Sustainability is a vital part of day-to-day life at St Christopher's, with an enthusiastic Eco Group leading the charge on any number of innovative initiatives. The Eco Group regularly collaborate with other groups in school, to develop new ideas that embed sustainability in the hearts and minds of all pupils, staff and visitors. This year, for the first time, the Young Enterprise Tenner Challenge went hand-in-hand with sustainability to ensure that lots of groups were creating and selling products with a distinctly eco-friendly flavour. Michael Coop Rushworth, Economics teacher and lead staff member on the Tenner Challenge said:

"Our Tenner Challenge students have taken the sustainable message to heart in their businesses. Some have used recyclable material in their products, such as recycling hardback books into book art. Others took an eco-friendly approach to their images with pencils that can be re-used to grow different plants. With resources becoming more scarce in a consumer-centred lifestyle, making the most of resources we already have has shown the forward-thinking approach St Christopher's takes to sustainability and improving our finite natural resources."

Another area in which there is significant collaboration between groups and departments in St Christopher's nationally renowned Trashion Show, spearheaded by the textiles students, who use items that most of us would normally throw away to make exciting, fashion-forward garments. Just recently, they took the Trashion Show to Jane Goodall's 'Roots and Shoots' Awards at the Barbican Centre in London, where they stomped the catwalk in front of national and international guests, before picking up a raft of awards for their work.

The St Christopher's Eco Group meets at multiple points throughout the week and can always be spotted around the school, working hard to make the environment better for everyone. Their main home is the enormous polytunnel, provided to the school by First Tunnels, which is a real hive of activity throughout the year. Pupils plant, nurture and eventually harvest and use a wide range of fruits and vegetables. They even sell them to the school kitchens for use in on-site catering!

St Christopher's Director of Sustainability and 2BR Teacher of the Year, Wendy Litherland, said:

"I am thrilled to see the work of the children celebrated in the shortlist for the TES Sustainable Schools Award, and for the first time in seven years, sustainable education has been recognized as a vital part of young peoples' learning. Recently, I was overwhelmed to see these pupils standing and speaking at the European Parliament in Brussels, demonstrating just how passionate they are about the environment and affecting social change. The fact that their tireless work is being validated by the TES is just wonderful."

To see the full list of who's in the running, pick up a copy of this week's Tes, or visit tesawards.co.uk

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