Pupil-led sustainability groups and the Eco Committee are actively empowered in areas such as:
During 2022-2023 The Hall prioritised becoming carbon neutral by measuring, reducing and offsetting emissions arising from school business across the academic year. The measuring of carbon footprint across the whole school was a significant and lengthy undertaking, with data being verified and calculated by One Carbon World over the previous academic year.
In the summer of 2023, we were awarded the United Nations Climate Neutral Now initiative’s Silver Award, a rare rating for first-time submissions! We were delighted that staff and students alike have been thus recognised by the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) for the outstanding commitment and hard work carried out across the school in successfully reducing our carbon footprint.
The STARS Gold Award received from Transport of London in June 2023, signifies that The Hall is among the top 10% of London schools, setting high standards to inspire others to transform travel habits, fully engage the wider community to promote best practices, and see a measurable reduction in the number of journeys made by car every day.
Eco-Schools is a charitable organisation that encourages students to protect their school and the wider environment through accomplishing eco-challenges along a journey towards the award of their ultimate accolade, a Green Flag Award.
The Hall has been part of the worldwide Eco Schools movement since 2018 and we achieved the Green Flag in the summer of 2020 and have been working hard ever since to keep this prestigious award by continuously reviewing and revising our sustainability initiatives.
“The word ‘eco’ means protecting the environment; we are the future custodians of Planet Earth and since 2018 at The Hall, we have been committed to defending the world in every way that we can think of!”
At the start of each school year since 2018, an Eco-Committee has been appointed, comprising representatives from across the school from Year 1 upwards and including at least two pupils from each year group as well as staff volunteers.
Currently under the co-ordination of Miss Chloe Taylor, the Eco Committee has met at least once every half term and in its goal to ensure that ownership of the Eco-Schools programme is as collective as possible, it has been important to take representation from all students at every opportunity, involving them in their environmental future. Minutes of meetings and frequent Eco Assemblies have ensured that the whole school is aware of and ‘buying into’ the decision-making along the way.