The Environment and sustainability is at the heart of the academic and extra-curricular offering at Pipers.
We are proud that the work we are doing goes above and beyond the Principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) which is supported by the UK Government and the UN Sustainable Development Goals Directive.
Pipers Corner is the first school in the country to have an Environmentalist-in-Residence, a role occupied by Sophie Webb. You can find out more about Sophie here.
Good Schools Guide
Our students have taken a lead role in our quest and have created HOPE - Helping Others Protect the Environment. Set up in 2019 to help channel the students’ interest in creating a more sustainable future. The ethos is the education of all members of the School community of the importance of protecting our planet, not only for ourselves but for generations to come. Select the following link, if you would like to learn more about HOPE.
The School regularly conducts an Environmental Impact Audit, to drive actions and attitudes going forward.
- Our teachers are encouraged to bring the environment, sustainability and Global Citizenship into all subject areas and to use the grounds as their classroom
- Waste reduction programmes for Paper, Energy and Food
- Providing support and running joint events for local schools
- Wildlife Biodiversity survey
- Active membership of national and international groups
- Global Citizenship | Fundraising and awareness activities such as live Q&A sessions with indigenous Amazonians
Pipers Corner School wins three international environmental Awards
On Monday 21 November 2022, we were invited to the Houses of Parliament to receive (what we thought would be) two celebrated international Green Apple Awards.
Following a Green Apple application put together by the students earlier this year detailing the environmental efforts made within the School, The Green Organisation presented Pipers with Gold awards in two sectors, Education and Sustainability. This meant that we have become the first Independent School to win a Green Apple Award and the first School ever to win two awards in the same year.
Little did our representatives know that the Green Organisation were so impressed by the application put forward, that they awarded us the Green World Environmental Ambassador award, which will be presented at a special ceremony next Spring.
This means the School has won not only two, but three environmental awards; the first School in the history of the Green Apple Awards to do so.
Pipers competed with thousands of applications from businesses, charities and organisations around the world, with countries such as New Zealand, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Portugal, Poland, Turkey, Qatar, Brazil, USA and Canada flying in company representatives and government officials to attend.
Previous winners of these prestigious awards have included Balfour Beatty, Kier Construction and Rolls Royce.
The all-school environmental programme entitled ‘Creating tomorrow, today’ will also be featured in detail in The Green Book, a publication circulated globally.
In recognition of this incredible achievement, We have been invited to be the first School to represent the UK not just in education, but across the whole sector including Business, Industry and Governments at the Green World Awards 2023 in Florida, USA.
Pipers students achieve National Recognition
Back in August 2022, the School discovered it had, for the second year in a row, qualified as finalists for the National Competition of Food, Farming and the Natural Environment. Having narrowly lost out in 2021, when our students finished as runner-up, they were determined to go one better this year.
The students embarked on a trip to the Vale of Clwyd during the October half-term, during which time they spent a fascinating weekend linking farming to the environment. An eye-opening few days, during which time they learned to milk farm animals, weigh livestock and drive tractors, they also gained an insight into agronomy, agroforestry, the role farmers play in ensuring they have healthy soil for dairy farming and crop production, and how sustainable farming is achieved.
We are delighted to be able to report that Pipers students were crowned winners of this national competition just reward for the dedication they have shown in support of LEAF's goal of developing more sustainable food and farming.
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is the leading organisation delivering more sustainable food and farming. We work with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers, to inspire and enable sustainable farming that is prosperous, enriches the environment and engages local communities.