Birdham Primary School among first contenders for Observer and Gazette Business Awards

C100132-1 JPOS WSG Chi Feb4 Food''Photo Louise Adams''Birdham Primary School's Samantha Hetherington, Laura Crosley, head teacher Peter Johnson, Jessica Powall and Jethro Ireland who are all clearing a site for their new polly
C100132-1 JPOS WSG Chi Feb4 Food''Photo Louise Adams''Birdham Primary School's Samantha Hetherington, Laura Crosley, head teacher Peter Johnson, Jessica Powall and Jethro Ireland who are all clearing a site for their new polly

Forging links with a number of environmentally-conscious companies has proved fruitful for Birdham Primary School.

Having previously been put forward for honours with the Observer and Gazette business awards, it has emerged as one of the first entries for this year’s event.

Following the launch of the awards last month, firms and organisations from across the area still have time to compete and nominate for a total of 19 honours.

As previous winners have testified, gaining an award has made a genuine difference to their firm in terms of a providing a tangible boost to marketing and offering a valuable boost to morale.

Head of Birdham Primary, Peter Johnson, said the school had already gained strong praise for its ongoing initiatives. Since his arrival 15 years ago he has devised a wide range of environmental schemes which have captured the imagination of both pupils and teachers alike.

With the creation of an eco-friendly science resource centre, complete with energy-saving toilets, and a recent installation of electricity-generating solar panels, there’s substance behind the claims.

Welcoming the school’s nomination within the Going Green category, he said: “We are proud to have been nominated for an award and believe we are a school that’s been very pro-active in its policies towards the environment.

“Our teachers are totally committed to what we are doing and over the years pupils have been involved in a lot of environmentally-friendly initiatives. One of the best examples has been the interactive learning zones within our school grounds which include re-creation of a full-size Saxon round house with medieval garden and the creation of a community orchard.”

He explained this linked with the curriculum on healthy eating.

In addition, pupils have also created a poly tunnel vegetable growing facility complete with irrigation system which linked with a number of science-based lessons.

Enterprising youngsters have also created a nursery of 50 sapling trees which will be dedicated to the Olympics being staged in the UK, plus creating an animal-viewing hide next to its oxbow lake.

“We have had to look at our resources and try to be as efficient as we can be. We have shown the initiatives we have put in place can bring about real energy savings.”