When Gagle Brook Primary School opens on September 4th, it will become the UK’s first One Planet school as part of the ‘One Planet Oxfordshire’ project, which aims to secure a sustainable future for the Oxfordshire area.
The One Planet Living framework was created by Bioregional, a non-profit organisation that works with partners to create better, more sustainable places to live, work, and do business. Bioregional Oxfordshire is working with Oxfordshire City Council to create a ‘One Planet Action Plan’ for the county, which will bring together all the fantastic work taking place across the county to create a more sustainable future.
There are more than 20 cities around the world using One Planet Living. Altogether, some 595,000 people are living in, visiting and working at organisations, communities and cities that have committed to One Planet Living.
As one of the organisations involved in the ‘One Planet Oxfordshire’ project, Gagle Brook Primary School will work with Bioregional Oxfordshire to create locally owned plans that lead to a sustainable future for the area.
Alan Derry, Principal of Gagle Brook Primary School, said: “As a One Planet Integrator, I am keen to share best practice within the Oxfordshire education sector and beyond. At Gagle Brook Primary School we will help to make it simple for children and families to make the right environmental choices in their everyday lives.”
Gagle Brook Primary School is a great fit for the ‘One Planet’ moniker, as the school curriculum has been designed with an emphasis on sustainability and environmental responsibility. Pupils at the school will be given an insight into how their actions affect the environment, with the intention of improving environmental awareness among the next generation.
Helen Glass, Regional Director for Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, and Reading at The White Horse Federation, said: “Having a school like Gagle Brook within my region and our Trust is a real privilege. I am excited to work with Alan Derry, pupils, and colleagues to make Gagle Brook a sustainable learning community that delivers great outcomes for all.”
In advance of opening on 4th September, Gagle Brook Primary School has appointed a number of teachers and support staff and has pledged to provide outstanding help and support for its pupils.
The White Horse Federation is a Multi-Academy Trust that supports Primary, Secondary, and Special schools in the south of England. The Federation was founded in 2012 by Dr Nicholas Capstick OBE and Lauren Costello OBE, two of England’s foremost school leaders, with the chief ambition of developing exceptional schools that parents can feel proud to send their children to.