Our Sustainable School

Eco Schools Ten Sustainable Topics are embedded into the broad and rich curriculum at Richard Avenue Primary School. We are very proud to have achieved our fourth Eco-School Green Flag renewal. We have developed current and interesting provision for our children to develop their knowledge and understanding of sustainable themes affecting us all.

Eco-Schools 10 Themes
Eco Schools Ten Topics.



  • In school we strive to ‘switch off’. Every night we make sure computers and lights are turned off thus ensuring we use less electricity.

Global Citizenship

Healthy Living


  • Ethos of- pick it up! Rubbish can blow into our school. We ensure we all do our bit to clean up.


School Grounds


  • Learning how to walk safely around roads, giving pupils the option to walk to school while explaining to them the advantage of doing so on an environmental level.
  • Learning about and encouraging the use of public transport and car pooling in order to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles.



  • We have a water butt system placed in the Friendship Garden to collect rain water in order to use on our allotment and on plants around school.
  • Water Butt
    The water butt and water dispense trolley, which we use instead of tap water.

Lost Landscapes and Learning

This project seeks to engage local school children and communities with their natural, industrial and social heritage. The school will be working with OASES, CEED and Durham Wildlife Trust and local people to enable them to understand the forces that have shaped our local landscape. A primary focus will be the decline of wildflower species within the locality. Part of the project will focus upon reinstating wildflower meadows within the local area.

The children preparing the new Wildflower meadow
The children being given their digging instructions.

Lost Landscapes and Learning: Project Aims and Outcomes for our school

School wide we will:

  • Create a wildflower meadow within the grounds of the school
  • Have a celebration event to mark the creation of the wildflower meadow and the completion of the project.

All of our pupils will:

  • Give assembly presentations on local history
  • Get a chance to meet local people with interesting stories to tell
  • Plant out and complete activities within the schools new wildflower meadow.

KS2 Year 4 classes will specifically:

  • Take a trip to Rainton Meadows to learn how to map read, interpret historical maps (Geography) and identify common species of wildflower and tree (Science)
  • Within school learn about the heritage of their local area and the chance to question local historians/residents with interesting stories to tell (History)
  • Visit Galley Gill to put their map reading (Geography) and species identification skills (Science) nto the test and to learn about the sites history (History, particularly Vikings) and learn how to use tools to complete conservation tasks (Design and Technology & Science)
  • Within school share their work and findings and produce interpretation materials for Galleys Gill and the schools new widlflower meadow. Prepare and deliver whole school assemblies, and organize an opening event for the wildflower meadow (English & Computing).