Nominations are now closed for London’s Sustainable School and School Changemaker of the Year
The Sustainable City Awards is an opportunity to celebrate London schools, as well as students, teachers, school leaders or educational practitioners working/studying in or with London schools, who are using their voice, mobilising others, and/or taking action to create innovate, sustainable change in their school community.
Awards shortlist has now been announced (see below) and winners announced at the ceremony on 11th May.
Sustainable School of the Year - Shortlist
Halcyon London International School
Halcyon London International School sprinkles 'green seasoning' into subjects across the school, to build a culture of genuine connection and concern towards the natural world. Fully vegetarian lunches, a sustainable travel policy and environment-focused subjects, clubs and service activities help model sustainability thinking.
Henry Fawcett Primary School
Henry Fawcett Primary School has been working on a project to make the school and its community the centre of sustainable development in the Kennington/Oval area. As well as work that takes place in the classrooms, the school has been connecting with local partners and wider community to find ways to help remove barriers to engaging with sustainable change and broaden the reach of their work.
Greenside Primary School
Greenside Primary School has developed a way of teaching that promotes learning experiences linked to food and nature within all aspects of our curriculum. Learning about the natural world is more than a single subject specific lesson a week, or an opt in extra curricula offering - it is integrated into everything.
Parliament Hill School
Climate action and active citizenship is embedded in the culture of Parliament Hill School. The climate action group is the largest extra-curricular club at Parliament Hill, always looking for new partnerships and opportunities to learn more about how they can tackle climate change and support local community groups.
Sustainable School of the Year application criteria
Who can apply?
Any school located in one of London's 33 Boroughs
What will the winner receive?
The winner of the Sustainable School of the Year will receive £2,500 funding towards the costs of continuing their sustainable school activities. (Independent schools will be invited to nominate a charitable cause rather than receiving the money directly).
What are we looking for?
A school that:
- implements and encourages innovative, sustainable measures and solutions that benefit the wellbeing of the school community and its environment;
- promotes inclusion and sparks collective action among the school community such as parents, local community groups, local decision makers or other schools (particularly those from less affluent economic backgrounds, cultural barriers or special educational needs); and
- strives for structural environmental and social change that impacts on the wider education system.
School Changemaker of the Year - Shortlist
Zaqiya is a student who founded and has been running an environmental initiative called ‘SwopItUp’ since the age of 15, with the purpose of helping other young people take action against climate change. She has also volunteered on the Teach The Future climate campaign and was a co-coordinator of the global youth Mock COP26 Conference.
Jenny runs the London Schools Eco-Network (LSEN), a vibrant and expanding group of students and staff from across the city who are passionate about sustainability, education and the intersection of the two! Students meet to discuss environmental and educational issues, organise and deliver campaigns and share what has worked well in their schools, giving them ownership of the LSEN whilst allowing them to develop life skills.
Henry is the Founder and Managing Director of the Green Schools Project, a project on a mission to change the way schools respond to the climate and nature crisis. Through a range of training, support, and resources, they help schools embed climate education into lessons while supporting pupils to run projects that reduce carbon emissions.
Rachel is Henry Fawcett Primary School’s Assistant Headteacher and the driver of a project to make the school and its community the centre of sustainable development in the Kennington/Oval area.
Martyn Steiner is the environmental science teacher and sustainability project leader at Halcyon London International School. In this role he supports colleagues to bring nature into their teaching. Martyn is also a primary school governor and sits on the British Ecological Society's Education and Careers committee.
School Changemaker of the Year application criteria
Who can apply?
- school leader
- educational practitioner
who study or work in or with a school located in one of London's 33 Boroughs
What will the winner receive?
The winner of the School Changemaker of the Year will receive £2,500 funding towards a charity/cause of their choice. (Individuals from independent schools will be invited to nominate a charitable cause outside of their own school).
What are we looking for?
A student, teacher, leader or educator who:
- creates innovative, sustainable solutions within the school that benefit the wellbeing of the school community and its environment;
- promotes inclusion and sparks collective action among students, teachers, school leaders, educationalists, or within the wider school community (particularly those from less affluent economic backgrounds, cultural barriers or special educational needs); and
- strives for environmental and social change that impacts on the wider school system.
1. Nominations now closed
2. Nominated individuals/organisations will be contacted for supporting information
3. Shortlisted candidates notified - 19th April
4. Candidates will be invited to attend the online awards ceremony on Wednesday 11 May
Sustainable School of the Year 2021
Winner: Hammersmith Academy
Hammersmith Academy won this year's award for their far-reaching horticulture programme involving the whole school.
- St Paul's Whitechapel CE Primary School
- Chestnuts Primary School
- University College School Foundation
School Changemaker of the Year 2021
Winner: Dr Jess Tipton
Dr Jess Tipton won this year's award for creating sustainable schools networks of engaged students, across London and beyond.
- Martin Crabbe: Glebe School
Dr Patrick Kirwan: Hammersmith Academy Trust
Alex Wrigglesworth: South Hampstead High School
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