ECO-FRIENDLY pupils at Fairburn Community Primary School were awarded a special environmental accolade for their energy saving activities.
The Eco Schools programme awarded the Great North Road school ‘green flag status’ after being assessed on innovative eco-exercises carried out over the last three years, including recycling batteries and mobile phones, building a greenhouse from plastic bottles and teaching green-themed lessons.
Headteacher Emma Cornhill said: “We are very proud to have achieved this award because teaching our children how to care and look after the planet is one of our school’s aims.
“We wanted recycling, saving energy and considering our carbon footprint to become an obligatory part of our school’s life – which it has.
“The children have really enjoyed all the activities and learned so much, from growing vegetables to checking the schools’ energy bills.”
The school – which has already received bronze and silver awards from Eco Schools – has also received a 6ft green flag to mark its achievement.