Kingsley named Sustainability and Environmental Education ISA School of the Year

North Devon Gazette

After a challenging year for all, Kingsley School Bideford was delighted to celebrate winning a national ISA award.

The ISA Awards celebrate the breadth of excellence and innovation across the independent sector, and recognise the hard work of headteachers and their staff.

This past year has been unprecedented for all but one thing that has remained is the dedication and hard work from teachers and their schools to push on and continue to offer an excellent education to all the children in their care.Â

Kingsley School was delighted to be named Sustainability and Environmental Education ISA School of the Year.

Environmental sustainability is of significant importance and is seen as an integral part of the Kingsley curriculum and the way Kingsley School is run and operated.

The Earth Centre at Kingsley is a highly original project, it couples the teaching of science and environmentally related subjects, in a unique environment rich in scientific and environmental stimuli.Â

Rudolf Eliott Lockhart, CEO, Independent Schools Association, said: "Kingsley School's work to successfully educate the whole school on environmental issues and to promote a culture of environmental responsibility, was outstanding.

"Their array of initiatives will no doubt help to inspire a generation of future innovators in environmental change, and we are delighted to be able to award such an important area of work. Well done to everyone at the school"

Lucy Goaman, marketing director of Kingsley School Bideford, said: “Congratulations to everyone at Kingsley for being awarded the ISA Sustainability and Environmental Education School of the Year Award, and most especially to Mr Whaley, Mr Hickson and Mr Wilson for their focus on ensuring awareness of the need for environmental sustainability is now commonplace at Kingsley.

"The DNA of the school has shifted to ensuring the next generation of Kingsley pupils are well equipped with the tools to better understand the environment and how best to respond to the challenges of climate change.

"Based in the heart of Devon’s UNESCO biosphere, Kingsley is becoming the destination for excellence in educating and developing our students to be future leaders and experts in environmental protection and sustainability.”Â

Mr Whaley, head of geography at Kingsley School, said: “I am delighted that Kingsley has been recognised with this very prestigious award.

"I am proud to work in a school that understands the importance of environmental education.

"Many schools do outstanding work in teaching sustainability to their pupils but all too often this tends to be in discrete subject areas.

"This award recognises how environmental education and sustainability run through all areas of school life and within all areas of the school curriculum.

"Nothing can be more important for our future than understanding the Earth‘s systems and our place within and our impact upon them.

"On a more selfish note, it is also wonderful to have so many opportunities for positive action that can have real benefits to our mental health. This really is an exciting time to be a member of the Kingsley school community.”