Case Studies

In this area we highlight some of the climate change work going on in communities around Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. We hope some of the stories will inspire other school's to take action. If your school has run a project that you think should be featured on this page, please let us know: 


Alex McDonald, former Eco School’s Officer as Derbyshire County Council, describes some of the work she did in two schools:
Climate Challenge at Kniveton
'Derbyshire Wildlife Trust had the pleasure of visiting Kniveton Primary School twice during 2010 to work with children on Climate Challenge activities. The children were set the challenge of designing and creating a home suitable for our changing climate which had evidence of energy saving features. The photos some of their finished results.
'On another occasion the school looked at the possibility of solar power and the pupils made their own water heater and solar powered boats.'
Climate Change Resources Help Make Green Day Success
'Calow Primary used the County Council’s Climate Change Resource Box to celebrate their Green Day and 2nd Green Flag achievement. They said: "the boxes are excellent and activities were easily accessible and appropriate for all key stages." The children learnt about climate change and how it relates to the buildings and spaces around us.'
For more information contact Alex McDonald:


Southwark Primary School, Old Basford
The WISE Education Officer spent a week at Southwark Primary delivering an assembly and various activities to all year groups to highlight the four R’s, reduce, reuse, repair and recycling. These included Recycled Paper Making, Creative Composting, Wonderful Wiggly Worms and Bin Lorry Express. The school then completed pledges and created an action plan with the aim of minimising waste and increasing recycling in their school. As a result of this the school have done the following:
  • Set up a school composting scheme
  • The eco-team have delivered an action planning assembly to the school
  • Established effective paper and cardboard recycling in their school
  • Reduced the amount of reusable paper being recycled and not reused
  • Reduced the amount of documents printed and use emails wherever possible
  • Reduced the contamination in recycling bins
  • Set up a plastics recycling scheme
  • Started to collect clothing/textiles which is no longer needed from homes/the local community to raise money for eco projects.
As a result of this work the school were awarded WISE status.




Two case studies of school's work in Nottinghamshire are attached below.


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