Richard Dunne, Ashley School’s head teacher returned from two expeditions to the Antarctic determined to reduce his school’s carbon footprint after witnessing climate change at first hand. Since then the whole school community has worked together to bring the climate change motive into everything they do. Targets are set to cut energy consumption in the school and home and energy learning is integrated into every subject including art and maths. The school has a biomass boiler, solar heating and PV array and energy efficient lighting is used throughout. The NLiS Expedition to Chamonix for year six pupils has run annually since 2008 for year 6 pupils.
At our school and in partnership with parents, we aim to:
- Ensure all children experience success and reach their full potential by maintaining consistently high but achievable expectations.
- Ensure children acquire the progression of skills necessary for them to be independent learners.
- Develop the ‘whole child’ in mind, body, spirit and imagination to ensure positive self image and self confidence are secure.
- Promote the values of a Christian faith and help children to find their place in the communities and societies within which they live.
- Ensure all members of the school community feel valued, happy and secure in their role within the school, regardless of ability, race, gender or creed.
- Embed and share best sustainability practice in all that we do.
Towards this end we, together with a cluster of neighbouring schools (the Bridge Partnership) follow a monthly Values Programme.