An Aberdeen school has been recognised for its commitment to the environment just 18 months after opening its doors to pupils.
Orchard Brae School in Aberdeen has been awarded the Green Flag award by Eco-Schools Scotland, part of Keep Scotland Beautiful.
In a letter to the school, alerting them to the accolade, the organisation described the flag as “an outstanding achievement”, saying the application was “truly fantastic” and a “pleasure to read”.
Students and staff at the school grew and harvested their own food, measured and reduced the level of food waste, and opened a school boutique.
Plans are also in the pipeline for the pupils to come up with their own school cookbook.
Orchard Brae opened in August 2017 and supports children with additional support needs from across Aberdeen.
Pupils led the charge for the award with the support of principal teacher Amy Dunnett.
It was Amy who submitted the application for the award, which required seven criteria to be satisfied before it could be given out.
The conditions included devising an action plan and an environmental statement, pushing co-operation with the community, and linking the environmental work of the school into the way pupils learn.
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Aberdeen City Council’s educational operational delivery convener John Wheeler said: “This is a fantastic achievement by the pupils, staff and the entire Orchard Brae community.
“We said from the outset that Orchard Brae would be more than a school, that it would act as a community hub.
“This award certainly bears that out and I would like to congratulate everyone.”
Executive head teacher Caroline Stirton said: “Amy has been leading and submitted our application for a bronze award recently.
“The work was of such a high quality that we have been awarded Green Flag status, so we will be on the hunt for a flag pole now.”
Orchard Brae joins 23 schools in the city to have been awarded the flag, including Robert Gordon’s College, St Machar Academy and Walker Road Primary.
Anne-Marie Robb, education and learning co-ordinator at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Eco-schools is the largest sustainable education programme in the world, engaging approximately 20 million young people in 67 countries.
“We’re proud that Scotland is world-leading in its delivery of the programme, and our success nationally is due to the individual endeavours of those schools like Orchard Brae who put in so much hard work to achieve their awards.”