Ysgol Bontnewydd in Gwynedd has secured national recognition for the school’s environmental efforts over recent years.

The school’s pupils and staff recently received confirmation from Keep Wales Tidy that they have secured the platinum award – the highest possible level – as part of the educational environmental Eco-Schools programme.

Cllr Cemlyn Williams, Gwynedd Council Cabinet member for education, said: “Many congratulations to the pupils and staff of Ysgol Bontnewydd – securing this recognition comes after many years of hard work. They join a select few of Welsh schools that have secured this high level of recognition.

“It’s great to see the interest and enthusiasm of the pupils towards what is such an important matter. It is obvious that the experience has inspired the Young people to make Environmental changes in the school and in the wider Community. It is an important and timely message that we should all consider in terms of the steps we can take for the benefit of our environment.”

Ysgol Bontnewydd headteacher, Janet Wyn George said: “Achieving the Eco Schools Platinum Award is an fantastic achievement. All the governors, staff and pupils are very proud of the success and the pupil’s enthusiasm in such an important area.

“Members of the school’s Eco Council led by Rowena Robert-Evans have been extremely active in gathering evidence for the application. The extensive developments over the eight years were discussed with the Eco Schools education officer, Esyllt Williams. Developments include improving the school environment, the development of the school’s small garden, a wild vegetation area, reducing the use of plastic as well as regular recycling. Thank you to everyone for their hard work.”

The Eco-Schools programme is designed to empower and inspire young people to make positive environmental changes to their school and wider community, whilst building on their key skills, including numeracy and literacy, and encompassing education for sustainable development and global citizenship.

The programme is funded by the Welsh Government and is co-ordinated by Keep Wales Tidy.