Trust Pupil Council

As a Trust, one of our targets for the near future is to devise a net zero strategy; we are developing a trust wide plan that pulls together a wide range of net zero and sustainability activity which has already included making changes to our energy procurement, our waste contracts, our catering contracts, and our ICT strategy.

We have developed a Trust Pupil Council, which is a group of 32 children, made up from two representatives from each of our schools, working together as one team to make environmental improvements across our trust.

The Trust Council are an extremely passionate group of students who meet every half term, there is a new topic and challenge to discuss at each meeting; an overview of our plans and the minutes of our previous meetings are available below. The school representatives feedback to their own school councils and eco councils within their schools.

During their first year, the trust council have already made some significant improvements; the focus last year was on reducing the energy usage and increasing and monitoring the amount of recycling that is happening in all our schools – both have these projects have been very successful. In July this year, we held our own Eco Summit where we made 8 pledges for the coming school year; these pledges will encourage and enable our schools to save water, reduce the amount of plastic we are using, reduce the amount of clothing we are wasting by introducing ‘swap shops’, agreeing a climate friendly menu change for school meals, which will include ‘wonky fruit and vegetables’, reduce the number of cars on the roads during school times by encouraging walking and bike riding, whilst continuing to monitor energy usage and promoting recycling. We will be holding our first meeting next week and the first challenge is to encourage all pupils in our schools to bring refillable water bottles to school to enable us to reduce plastic waste.