Eco School


BIS is committed to ‘educating for a sustainable future’

  • Things we have already achieved as an Eco School
    • Things we plan to do as an Eco School
 Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
 We will recycle, repair, reuse and reduce things wherever possible.
  • We currently recycle: Aluminium drink cans, plastic bottles, drink cartoons, cardboard, tin cans and paper.
  • We are currently collecting plastic bags for use with the hothouse project. 
  • We are collecting materials for the XS project, which will be turned into a variety of products for sale. 
  • Garden waste is composted. 
  • We try to save paper by printing on both sides of paper. We have significantly reduced paper consumption as a school over the last year. 
  • Recycling initiatives have been promoted in house and whole school assemblies. 
  • Recycling, reducing and reusing issues are promoted via the curriculum, assemblies, curriculum enhancement days and school trips (both day and residential). 
  • A hard copy of the BIS News is now only produced once a month. 
  • Increased email communication when sending information to parents. 
  • Use glasses rather than disposable paper cups for events in the theatre.
    • Continue to embed good recycling practice through use of house competitions, use of the assistant CAS coordinator to manage collection of materials from the recycling boxes and through teaching about reducing, recycling and reusing within the curriculum. 
    • Increase the use of the school website, VLE, BISnet and email communication to reduce paper usage.


Healthy Eating and Exercise
We will promote healthy eating and healthy living.

  • Healthy eating parent meeting on 13th May promoting aspects of Healthy Eating and a Healthy lifestyle. 
  • The canteen is taking on board feedback from parents and the student council regarding food products are altering the menus accordingly. 
  • Healthy eating topics have been included in the food technology curriculum. 
  • Healthy lifestyle topics are included in the PSHE and PE curriculum. 
  • All Year 10 students will take part in the International Award in the next academic year, requiring them to participate in at least one physical recreation Extra-curricular per week.
    • Continued work required to embed more healthy eating options into canteen food and to ensure students are making positive eating choices.
    • Further extend and embed healthy lifestyle topics into the PSHE curriculum. 
    • Use of Curriculum Enhancement Days to promote healthy eating and exercise. 
    • Increase the number of students involved in physical recreation activities.

We will reduce water consumption on the school site. We will encourage students to bring water bottles to school.

  • Most students bring their own water bottles into school and use of disposable paper cups has significantly reduced.
    • Introduce a range of water use reduction technologies to toilets and sinks around the school. 
    • Put up signs in key areas to encourage sensible water use. 
    • Regularly check and maintain taps and appliances to reduce unnecessary water loss.

We will buy products and materials that do not harm the environment when they are made or used. We will ensure that we buy fairly traded products.

  • Use certified wood within building construction on the campus.
  • Promote the purchase of good made from recycled materials i.e. products made by the XS project. 
  • Year 12 technology students have designed products which can be made from recycled materials and presented their products to the XS team.
    • Source goods locally rather than importing similar items from overseas. 
    • Develop a ‘shade house’ to grow herbs for Food Technology on-site, rather than purchasing herbs imported from oversees. 
    • Ask the XS team to make up some of the products designed by technology students and provide further opportunities for them to sell products at BIS.

Enhance and protect our environment
We will take care of our school environment and look at ways to improve it further. We will learn about wider environmental issues and will seek ways to help protect our planet.

  • Discussion of environmental issues throughout the curriculum i.e. Geography, TOK and Science. Each year group within the primary school has a unit of work linked to various environmental issues. 
  • Eco-based activities for curriculum enhancement day, including a school wide showing of ‘an inconvenient truth’, a whaling symposium for Year 9, presentations using a variety of media by Year 7 on recycling issues and production of Artwork using recycled materials. 
  • A ‘shade house’ has now been built to grow herbs, plants for CAS projects and for use with a gardening club, as well as within curriculum and extra curricular areas. 
  • The number of plants in offices and classrooms has been increased.
    • Promote tree planting on-site. 
    • Develop or contribute to a carbon off-setting initiative. 
    • Continue to find ways through the curriculum, curriculum enhancement days, outdoor learning initiatives (i.e. via residential and day trips) and visiting speakers to learn about environmental issues and positively contribute to the environment. 
    • Continue to promote environmental issues via the VLE. 
    • Introduce fish and other living things to be looked after by students into key areas of the school. 
    • Plant and manage an area of school grounds as a market garden with organic vegetables. 
    • Investigate ways to compost food waste from the canteen.

We will try to reduce our transport carbon footprint.

  • A car sharing initiative has been set up using the VLE. 
  • Many students use school buses to get to and from school.
    • Encourage more staff and students to car share. 
    • Encourage more students to use school buses. 
    • Ensure bus engines and a/c’s are not turned on until departure. 
    • Develop or contribute to a carbon off-setting initiative.

We aim to lower energy consumption at the school and teach students how to save energy.

  • Energy consumption graphs are produced monthly. An increased number of staff are switching off lights, a/c and computers in classrooms when they are not in use.
    • Put signs up in all classrooms reminding staff and students to switch off lights, a/c and computers in classrooms when they are not in use.
    • Put up notices reminding students to close doors when they enter or leave a room / building. Duty staff to reinforce this. 
    • Where possible replace light bulbs with HID bulbs. 
    • Investigate development of a solar panel project in a discrete area of the school.

 The BIS Eco-Code