“Here at Bradfield College, our school community is committed to the sustainable development of our school and educating those around us on the importance of sustainability.”
Eloise L. Year 9
Bradfield recognised the absolute importance of sustainability to the education of its pupils as well as to the College community: past, current and future, by making sustainability one of the five core strands of its long-term strategy. We recognised very early on that, if we were going to have the impact we hoped for, that we would need buy-in from the whole College. With that in mind our Sustainability Committee is co-chaired by two members of staff – one from the academic staff, the other from operational staff. Feeding directly into this is the Pupil Sustainability Committee, chaired by the Sustainability Prefects, which includes representatives from every boarding House. This structure has driven the prioritisation of projects that are allowing us to turn the hopes of Bradfieldians into reality, such as:
“In my opinion, the initiatives launched during sustainability week helped to instil a mentality shift, however minor, in regard to sustainability. Not only do I feel that the competition incentivised pupils and teachers to make a positive step towards a greener lifestyle, but I also feel that it brought us together as a community to reflect on how today’s actions are vital to the success of the future.” Alex F, Sustainability Prefect
The Leavers’ Wood – one tree per House is added to the wood for each set of leavers from that House with a plaque naming the leavers. “The perfect way to leave our mark.” Tommy F, current U6
This is the start of a journey which has seen Bradfield commit to 25% emissions reduction by 2025 whilst establishing reliable baselines and identifying areas of focus which will enable us to move quickly beyond that in the next iteration of our strategy. We have not committed to our next target yet because we don’t yet know what is feasible, but, whatever it is, we will ensure it is suitably challenging.
We should leave the final word to one of our youngest Bradfieldians as it is their future we are all responsible for.
“Here at Bradfield College, our school community is committed to the sustainable development of our school and educating those around us on the importance of sustainability. It helps take away our concerns for the future as we feel we are actually doing something to make things better.” Eloise L. Year 9
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