Green Flag criteria

Eco-Schools Green Flag criteria

To progress from your Silver Award to Green Flag Status there are two key areas which your Eco-Committee will need to focus on; work on 3 Eco-Schools topics and develop an Eco-Code for your school.

For those applying for their 2nd Green Flag and beyond, your school should be focusing on 5 Eco-Schools topics. We have listened to your feedback and will never ask our Eco-Schools, regardless of their Eco-Schools experience, to work on more than five topics for a Green Flag renewal. We only ask that you swap 2 of your topics with each renewal so that eventually you will have covered all ten of our topics: just not in one go!

Your Eco-Committee will need to continue all of their hard work on STEPS 1-6  

STEP 7: The Eco-Code

  • There is an agreement on an environmental statement for the school drawn up by the Eco-Committee
  • Your Eco-Code must reflect the Topic project work which you are working on for your Green Flag
  • The Eco-Code is displayed on the Eco-Board
  • The Eco-Code is also displayed around the school – in classrooms, school halls, even the toilets!
  • The Eco-Code is known and understood by the majority of pupils and staff

2nd round of  Green Flag funding is…OPEN!

A fantastic opportunity for 65 Silver Award Eco-Schools courtesy of the Vegetarian Society  

To apply, Silver Award Eco-Schools simply need to complete the online funding application below by Friday 29 June 2018, detailing how your school is promoting and monitoring the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle through ANY of the Eco-Schools topics. Then submit a successful Green Flag Award application by Friday 13 July 2018 – that’s it!

The financial support from the Vegetarian Society will cover the £200 cost of your Green Flag award application and assessment – so all you need to worry about is showing off the amazing things you and your Eco-Committee have been doing.

If you need any further information or support completing your application please call the team on 01942 612 614.

Vegetarian Society Fund Application

Application form for first Green Flag assessment fee
  • Please tell us which ONE of the Eco-Schools topics your Vegetarian Society work is, or will be focusing on:
  • Please describe and explain the work that your Eco-School has been doing on the Eco-Schools topic highlighted above, to promote more people to enjoy vegetarian food and discover the environmental, sustainability and health benefits of that food choice.
  • Please describe how your school is monitoring and evaluating the impact of the vegetarian projects you have been working on
  • Is your school happy for both Eco-Schools and the Vegetarian Society to share with others the work you have been undertaking on the Eco-Schools programme
  • We acknowledge and agree to submit a successful Green Flag application before Friday 13th July 2018 in order for this funding bid from the Vegetarian Society to be accepted
  • We acknowledge that should a successful Green Flag application NOT be submitted before the 13th July 2018 our funding bid will be declined and our school will cover the £200 (plus VAT) fee for the Eco-Schools Green Flag Assessment at a later date

Applying for your Eco-Schools Green Flag Award

Please do not worry, your Green Flag Application is not a test – it’s a chance to celebrate all of your amazing work

The application for Green Flag provides an opportunity for your Eco-School to showcase their fantastic work on the Seven Steps. Once submitted, it is reviewed by Karyn our Eco-Schools Delivery Officer, who will then arrange for a Green Flag Assessment visit from one of our Assessors. Our Assessors are very friendly (especially if you offer them tea and biscuits!) and are there to support you. Your visit is not an ‘inspection’ – it is a celebration of the amazing work you and your school have done.

The Green Flag is assessed by Keep Britain Tidy through a two-stage process:

  1. Online application form
    After logging into the administration site you will be asked to answer a series of questions about your Eco-Schools work and upload a small number of supporting documents.
  2. Assessment visit
    We will arrange for a Keep Britain Tidy volunteer assessor to visit your school to meet your Eco-committee and assess the work you have done to meet the Green Flag criteria.

Once you are ready, please login to start your application form.

Interactive Eco-School

You can find a greener version of pretty much everything your school uses; pencils, carpets, uniforms, energy. Here you can investigate how you can ‘green’ your school

Interactive Eco-School