Merchant Taylors’ School is the only Independent Secondary School in Hertfordshire to have been awarded Green Flag Status. We are exceptionally proud of this achievement and believe it is an integral part of school life. Teaching the boys good ‘sustainable’ habits and learning to live sustainably is vital in this day and age.
The Eco-Schools programme is focused on nine key topics. These are:
- School grounds
- Healthy living
- Global citizenship
Each year, the committee decide which topics the school will focus on in order to raise awareness and build a more sustainable future.
We take part in a number of national events such as ‘Waste Week’, ‘Fairtrade fortnight’ or ‘Switch-off Fortnight’ Sustainable living is integrated into the curriculum and then topped up during tutor periods, school assemblies or external speakers coming in to talk to the boys.
At school, over the last few years we have developed a fruit and vegetable garden where the produce is then sold to raise money for next year’s seeds and equipment once they have been harvested by the boys. We also have 12 chickens which are fed primarily on food waste from the school kitchens. Once again, the boys are involved in their care which includes cleaning them out, feeding them each day alongside egg collection. This summer we shall also be introducing bees, so next year, you shall be able to buy your very own Merchant Taylors’ honey! All of these aspects build a boy’s experience of life and how to organise himself, work as a team and simply have fun whilst at school.
The Sustainability committee is also developing a nature reserve which will be used by local primary schools, external companies such as The Hive as well as Merchant Taylors’ pupils to enhance their learning and experiences.