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Waving their Green Flag of Distinction

Tuesday 3 October 2023

Students at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) are celebrating after being accredited with a Green Flag distinction award.

The Eco-Schools Green Flag recognises a school鈥檚 outstanding efforts to reduce its impact on the planet.

Supported by Tim Street, teacher and Environmental Sustainability Leader, GSAL鈥檚 eco-enthusiasts have worked tirelessly after school to improve the sustainability 140-acre site at Alwoodley Gates.

Tim Street praised the Eco Committee – staff and students – for their dedication to bettering GSAL鈥檚 green spaces through eco campaigns including:

  • A school allotment behind the Sports Dome
  • Hosting a school-wide Eco Week
  • A building management system to control timings and temperatures of heating and lighting around the school.

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GSAL is also aiming to have 100% LED lighting by summer 2024. GSAL鈥檚 external lighting 鈥 including the astroturf and tennis courts 鈥 is already completely LED and managed by sensors for increased efficiency.

Izzie, a sixth form Eco Committee member, said: 鈥淚 am so proud of the significant progress the staff and students have made on improving the site鈥檚 sustainability. I really enjoyed the Alwoodley 2023 Climate Action Hub Conference, where we shared ideas for becoming more eco-friendly.鈥

Going forward, the Eco Committee wants to encourage more litter picking on the school premises and improve and progress their allotment.

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