What started as a simple plan to increase recycling opportunities within the school has taken Claremont down a path to not only acquiring much coveted Green Flag status, but to firmly embedding an environmental consciousness in the culture of the school.
Utilising a cross-curricular approach, the whole school community is drawn into and inspired by initiatives relating to safeguarding the environment. These initiatives are supported by many ‘hands on learning’ opportunities such as the Claremont Eco Store, a student-led enterprise and one of, if not the first of its kind in the UK. The store sells environmentally friendly products directly to parents and friends, stocking favourites such as soap, washing up liquid, reusable straws and face pads, ‘truthbrushes’, bamboo cotton buds, dental floss and top selling toilet paper – ‘Bumboo’! With the help of the charity ‘One Tree Planted,’ the children plant a tree with every £10 in takings. When it comes to saving the planet, Claremont is definitely open for business!
“It is a worrying time for our environment and the children are well informed of the challenges that we face,” said Claremont headteacher, Mr Bunker. “Our Eco Store is more than a learning experience, it has empowered the children to take positive action – something they are extremely proud of.”
Claremont is situated in over 100 acres of glorious East Sussex countryside with extensive playing fields and woodlands, but it is also just 5 miles from the seaside so beach cleans are also a regular part of ‘Eco Warrior’ work. Forest School sessions are timetabled for children in the Nursery all the way up to Year 6 and provide endless opportunities for adventure and developing closer and more tangible connections with the wilderness. Children learn about the challenges of growing food without artificial, chemical fertilisers and pesticides which in turn opens their eyes to the fact that alternatives can, and should be found. From estimating the age and height of trees during Maths lessons and understanding their role in offsetting carbon emissions, to the teaching of life cycles during Science lessons when children plant seeds and harvest simple vegetables such as potatoes and radishes for the school kitchen, nature truly enriches the learning experience at Claremont. We make full use of the magical ‘outdoor classroom’ on our doorstep, and the smiles and rosy cheeks on the faces of the children when they come back indoors is testament to that.
Our next ‘Open House Week’ is being held on 14 – 19 March 2022 to include ‘Super Saturday’ when visitors will be able to meet our Eco Warriors and enjoy our Discovery Trail through Forest School. To register, please go to claremontschool.co.uk/admissions/open-days/
Claremont School was established in 1925 and is a co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 3 months to 18 years. It is located in the glorious East Sussex countryside, just 70 minutes from London, 10 minutes from the seaside and surrounded by medieval villages castles, lush vineyards and miles of rolling green hills. claremontschool.co.uk