Pixies Hill Climate change – Impact Statement

Graeme Snell

We the pupils, together with the staff, parent committee and governors of Pixies Hill School are committed to taking action to tackle climate change and reduce our carbon footprint to as close to net zero as possible by 2030.  This is an urgent priority for us as, if we don’t tackle it now, we will be leaving a damaging legacy that will affect our planet for future generations to come.

We recognise that by working together, through changing habits and behaviour and embedding those changes, we can make a contribution which maybe small but when done in conjunction with others will make real change possible. By taking immediate action we can ensure our future will be safer, cleaner and greener, not only for us but for our children, and our children’s children!

The following are some examples of what will happen if we ignore this: 

  • more extreme weather events
  • poor air quality – pollution with contaminants and toxins
  • less water in our rivers and streams
  • increased plant and animal extinction
  • diminished human health and life expectancy

What we have achieved so far:

  • New more energy efficient boiler in place
  • New window walling to improve insulation
  • New roof (pending) to improve insulation
  • Partly replaced old lighting with energy efficient led lighting (hall and staff room)
  • Reduced our CO2 emissions display energy certificate (DEC) from 118 in 2017 to 94 in 2021
  • Introduce waste recycling for plastics, food and general in the staff room
  • Introduce paper recycling in all classrooms
  • Installed planters in the playground
  • Planted 30 trees at the end of a field in a horse shoe shape which we hope will grow into a calm shade area
  • Written a new PSHE curriculum which teaches children about the environment and went live in Sept 2021

What we have planned to do by autumn 2022:

  • Create a wildlife area as part of our newly planted trees area to encourage bees and/or creepy craw lies and/or hedgehogs to be part of the school ecosystem
  • Complete the whole school on LED lighting
  • Investigate the cost and viability of installing PIR sensors to replace all light switches. If this is not possible, we will educate staff and children in the importance of ‘switching off’ where we can.
  • Work with heating engineers to explore our boiler controls and avoid heating automatically turning on beyond frost protection measures (sometimes the controls switch on beyond 14C and current engineers have been unable to resolve this)
  • Contact surfers against sewage with the intention of helping our schools to become a plastic free school.
  • Investigate and plan with a date an awareness session for parents on how we can improve sustainability in our own households?
  • Run a second hand uniform sale and a second hand book sale via FOPHS
  • Ban non-sustainable (throw away plastic) glow sticks being sold at all events but look for environmentally friendly alternatives
  • Investigate sustainability projects via sponsored means (Ecologi?)
  • Instigate a site survey to gain ideas on how we can improve efficiency in the school building (getfix.co.uk or alternative)

Our commitment:

  • Continue with our Eco Club
  • Speak out in school and encourage the children to do the same via lessons, assemblies and projects
  • Publish our actions and impact through newsletters and on school website
  • Educate and seek views from our community
  • Ensure our commitment is embedded and not ignored!