Maltman's Green School, Maltmans Lane, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire SL9 8RR
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School Life | Eco School

As an Eco School our girls develop an appreciation for nature and the environment, one that we hope will inspire them to do all they can in life to limit their impact on our fragile eco-systems. We understand how valuable nature and green spaces are to reducing stress and developing a sense of wellbeing. Countless studies have shown how nature has long and short term mental and physical benefits and we hope that by awakening an appreciation for the outdoors our girls will take this natural remedy with them throughout their lives.

Sustainability

The British Government wants every school to be a ‘sustainable school’ by 2020. The framework for this aim was set out in 2006 with long-term aspirations for schools to offer mainstream learning about sustainable development issues and sustainable practices in everyday school life.

Is a school energy efficient? Can less water be wasted? How does a school get rid of its rubbish? What happens to food waste? Is paper recycled? How does a school decide where to buy the things that it needs? Has it an ethical buying policy? How does a school use its green spaces? Are there wildlife havens? Are a lot of herbicides/pesticides used?

These are all issues about sustainability and EcoSchools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life. We are proud to have been awarded EcoSchool status for all the work we have done, and continue to do, to make our school more sustainable and educate our girls on eco-matters.

Maltman’s Green as an Eco School

At Maltman’s Green we take this initiative very seriously. It has been embedded in our Core Principles since 2008 and in Spring 2010 we gained our Green Flag which means that we have attained "Sustainable School Status" and are seen as leaders in this field. Sustainability is embedded in the curriculum in all years and there is wide and growing use of the grounds made in the girl’s daily life in the school. Our extra-curricular opportunities also allow girls to extend their basic interest and skills.

Our EcoCouncil – girls elected by their peers – meet every half term with staff, parents and governors to form ideas and initiatives for progression. Our eco-councillors help inspire and motivate the rest of the girls and have specific duties such as our annual 'Clean for the Queen' litter picking campaign and running a stall at the Christmas Fair.

Forest School

A Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment. Our Forest School offers a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

The ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. Its roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia.

Maltman’s Forest School allows our pupils to explore and engage within our outdoor environment and woodland areas around the school, but also give the girls the opportunity to learn new skills within a stimulating environment. We recently opened a Bird Hide within our Forest School. Find out more here.

Visit the Forest School Association website for more information: http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/

Green Fingers

In addition to the learning provided through the Forest School framework we have added extra elements to the Maltman’s Green outdoor learning experience that we believe are crucial in giving our girls an appreciation for and an interest in the natural world. With beautiful countryside on our doorstep and a variety of outdoor experience areas within our own grounds, we are well equipped to nurture a passion for nature, giving them the inspiration and the tools to enjoy and care for it.

Science classes make use of our ponds to examine water wildlife; Art lessons collect items from nature for use in projects; and our extra-curricular opportunities allow girls to extend their basic interest and skills through Gardening Clubs, an RSPB Explorers Club and a Woodland’s Detective club.