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 5 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 9 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

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

The Vegetarian Society has generously agreed to pay the 1st Green Flag fee for 100 Silver Award Eco-Schools in England.

It does not matter if you are a nursery, primary, secondary or sixth form- if you have been undertaking work on any of our topics that will promote and lead to more veggie dishes being eaten by your pupils and staff;  then you are eligible for this fantastic financial support from the Vegetarian Society

In order to apply you must first complete the application below telling us how your school has or will be promoting more people to enjoy veggie food,  before Wednesday 28th February 2018. You must then submit a successful, first Green Flag application before Friday 30th March 2018. Please note only the first 100 Silver Award  Eco-Schools who submit both their request for funding and a successful Green flag application before deadlines will be entitled.

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.
  • 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 30th March 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 30th March 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