National Award for Green Work

20th July 2014


Pupils at an Exeter special needs school are celebrating success in a national competition run by The Co-operative to recognise work to bring issues of sustainability and healthy living to life among students and the wider community.

A commemorative plaque and £1,000 prize money was presented to the Southbrook School by Richard Parker, Manager of The Co-operative’s nearby Heavitree food store, after judges were impressed by the work of the school’s “Green Team” and “Wildlife Champions” who have created a pond area and nesting site at the school, promoted the recycling of paper, card and plastic, and developed a link between the school’s allotment and its kitchens to help pupils to make healthy choices. The School will use the prize money to further develop creative projects for pupils, staff and its wider community to explore issues of healthy living, environment and sustainability both inside, and outside, the classroom. Plans include the creation of an Environment Zone with a safe walkway to connect the school to the pond and outdoor classroom area.
Neil Forbes, an Operations Manager for The Co-operative Food in the Exeter area, said: “As a community-based retailer it is important to us that we not only provide the community with their everyday essentials, but we contribute to improving local life too. I am delighted that the School has won this award and will benefit from The Co-operative’s support which will enable it to build on its work to engage pupils with key issues of healthy living, community, sustainability, environment and co-operation.”

Alan Tilley, Assistant Head at the Southbrook School, who entered the competition, said: “We are thrilled to have won this award. The theme of our entry was ‘educate, enhance, enjoy, excite and excel!’ and it gave us the opportunity to highlight and showcase the wide range of interactive programmes that we use to bring issues of environment, sustainability and healthy living to life for all of our students – a big thank you to The Co-operative from everyone connected to the Southbrook School.”

The competition formed part of The Co-operative’s Green Schools Revolution programme which is free to all UK primary and secondary schools. It provides a wide range of classroom resources and interactive activities for pupils to learn about sustainability and protecting the environment - giving young people and teachers the tools to inspire change in schools, homes and local communities. Schools wanting more information about joining The Co-operative’s Green Schools Revolution programme can visit