Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life. The aim is to bring about behaviour change in young people and those connected to them so that good habits learned in schools are followed through into homes and communities.
Our children are the driving force behind Eco-Schools – they form and lead our Eco-Committee and help to carry out audits to assess our environmental performance. In conjunction with the rest of the school and the wider community, the children decide the environmental themes they want to address and how they’re going to do it.
Holy Cross has currently achieved the Bronze and Silver awards. We are now working towards the Green Flag award.
Gold Award: Rights Respecting Schools
At Holy Cross Catholic Primary School we respect all children's rights and ensure we teach children about their rights. We have a Rights Respecting Steering Group who meet regularly to discuss current issues and ideas to develop the schools' understanding of their rights further. We successfully gained the Gold Award in September 2019! We are super proud of all our children because they know and respect the rights of others, and are active global citizens.
Investors in People
Investors in People is a people management standard. It helps achieve business objectives by developing and harnessing the skills of people. Investors helps organisations to improve performance and manage change; linking development with the organisations success. As a quality standard it sets out key principles of good practice.
The Quality Mark
The Quality Mark is an award that celebrates and supports continuous improvement in literacy and numeracy. It is awarded to schools to recognise their provision, practice and performance in literacy and numeracy. Schools must demonstrate a whole school approach to improving standards in literacy and numeracy, with evidence of the impact of its approaches.
Activemark is an accreditation scheme for the primary sector that recognises and rewards a school for its commitment to promoting the benefits of physical activity and offering good physical activity provision.
Be Healthy Schools' Award
The Be Healthy Schools' Award is a new development to build upon the success of the Healthy Schools Programe to bring it up-to-date with the requirements of 2013 and beyond. Schools address two developmental areas identified through pupil and parent consultation to achieve measureable improvements in the areas of:
- Healthy Eating
- Physical Activity
- Emotional Health and well-being