Environmental sustainability


Eco-Schools is an international award-scheme administered in England by Keep Britain Tidy. The scheme guides schools to becoming environmentally-aware and active.

The three Eco-Schools award levels  

There are three award levels through which schools can progress;

  • bronze;
  • silver; and the top
  • 'Green Flag'


Eco-Schools covers nine topics and encompasses much of the good work already being carried out in our schools:

  • biodiversity
  • energy
  • global citizenship
  • healthy living
  • litter
  • school grounds
  • travel
  • waste and
  • water

Read all about benefits of taking part in the Eco-Schools programme

Sutton supports all schools with their Eco-Schools progress including nurseries, pre-schools and children's centres.

Become an Eco-School

Over 80% of Sutton schools are registered with Eco-Schools, but if you are one of the few not yet signed up, it's very simple. Visit Eco-Schools to get started. Schools need to establish an Eco-Committee - a dedicated group of enthusiastic pupils to help drive the campaign. It is expected that by your silver award, the pupils will be begin to run the committee themselves.

We ask that schools carry out an audit of your schools, an environmental review which covers all nine topics and help identify potential activities. This then feeds into your action plan where you set your own targets and deadlines. It is the school that decides what you want to do and what your priorities are.

School's Sustainable Investment Fund

The Borough has launched this Fund to assist schools with making short-term energy-saving savings. For more information, please contact sustainability@sutton.gov.uk.