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Environmental Responsibility

Environmental Responsibility

Sherborne Girls recognises an environmental and climate emergency at a global, national and local level.

We are committed to acting to minimise our negative impact on our environment by focusing on four key areas: waste; operational energy use; estate development and transport.

As an organisation we aim to be carbon-neutral by 2030 through:

  • Increasing understanding amongst staff, pupils and our wider community
  • Reducing our carbon footprint
  • Promoting courage, adaptability and resilience to influence change.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Alana Thorburn as our first Ecology, Conservation and Sustainability Ambassador in Residence. Alana hopes to use her role to create greater understanding of our impact on the natural world and how we can change our behaviour for the better. 

This is a unique opportunity to work within conservation and sustainability and within a school setting. I am inspired to be working with the next generation who will shape our future and am not aware of any other school which has adopted this approach,” explains Alana who has always wanted to work in conservation. 

As part of her new role at Sherborne Girls, Alana will continue the collaboration with Sherborne School and The Gryphon School in taking forward the Operation Future Hope programme, a national rewilding and ecological initiative that involves young people in the restoration of nature. The first school to sign up to Operation Future Hope over two years’ ago, Sherborne Girls, together with Sherborne School and The Gryphon, has already completed the successful re-wilding of large areas within school grounds.  

As well as working with the Sherborne Girls Eco Council to drive forward the School’s plans to be carbon-neutral by 2030 (Let’s Go Zero), Alana will begin rolling out the educational elements of the Operation Future Hope programme across all three Schools. Pupils will learn about vital conservation issues and acquire the knowledge needed to engage with and care for the natural world.  

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Independent Schools Council

We are proud to be featured in the Independent Schools Council, White Paper 2023 on Sustainability. The report is available to read below.