Eco Team


Whitehouse Common is an Eco School. We follow the Eco Schools’ programme to give our pupils a wider understanding of the world and the environment we all share. Eco Schools is an international organisation operating in over 50 countries, encouraging and educating children to be environmentally aware. In the UK, Eco Schools is overseen by the Keep Britain Tidy organisation.

There are nine topics that form the structure of the programme: Energy; Litter; Water; Waste; Healthy Living; School Grounds; Transport; Biodiversity; Global Perspective.

We have been following the Eco Schools programme since 2009, gaining our Bronze and Silver award, culminating in being awarded Green Flag Status in 2012. In July 2014 we successfully renewed our Green Flag Award. The school continues to develop its Eco work, spearheaded by the Eco Team. We hope you find our page interesting.


Bike It Tips!

Dear Parents,

First of all I would like to say a big thank you to those of you who participated in the Bike Checks Day at Whitehouse Common last week. We had 112 bikes in that day which is a huge success for our first cycle to school day as a Sustrans Bike It school.  This week we also ran a very successful ‘ditch the stabilisers’ session with almost 20 children learning to ride their bikes which is fantastic.  Some parents have asked me to put together a top tips list for carrying out your own bike checks as well as for those children that may have missed the opportunity to take part in the ‘ditch the stabilisers’ sessions for you to do with your child home.  So here goes…


Bike Checks

· Are your tyres pumped up? They should be nice and hard otherwise you will be prone to punctures.

· Maximum limits. Did you know that on the seat post and the handle bar stem that there is a maximum height you can raise either of these? If you look at either the seat post or stem you will see some lines – this is the maximum safety level you can raise them to. Do not raise them above this limit as this could affect the safety of your child’s bike.

· Brakes – make sure your child’s bike has two working brakes.  

· Remove the stabilisers

· Put your child’s seat as low as possible. They must be able to touch the floor flat footed and comfortably

· Get them to look up. Keep their head up. Get them to find something to look at. · Find a slight downhill slope (a gentle slope will do)

· Get them to scoot with their feet and gradually lift their feet off the ground for longer. This will help them to find their balance.

· Once they have practised this for a few times they should then be able to put their feet on the pedals and… away they go!

· Perseverance is the key. They won’t get it straight away and some children only take 2 mins, others take up to 2 hours! But they will get it. It’s simply down to practise.  

I hope you have found these top tips useful. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring on 07920 865079. Alternatively come and see me next time I am in school.  

Many thanks for your continued support with the Sustrans Bike It project.

Bike MOT Success

Whitehouse Common children delighted Rachel Vann, Bike Officer for Sustrans, with their overwhelming response to her invitation to carry out bike MOT’s  this week. Children brought in over 100 bikes for Rachel to check in readiness for the step in becoming a Bike It North school.




Battery Recycling

We are now recycling batteries in the Acorns. Our Eco Team members from KS1 are here with Mr Horne showing the battery recycling boxes that are going in to each classroom. KS2 will join this scheme next week. So please send any used batteries with your child into KS1 for the Eco team to recycle. battery-recycling

Eco Team News

A big 'Well done' to Mrs Horne and the Birdfeeding club. Due to their continued efforts, the RSPB have named our school a Bird Friendly School. Congratulations!

To find out more about the RSPB please [click here].


RAGTEX Success for the Eco Team!

ragtex-for-schoolsOn Wednesday 13th July RAGTEX came to school to collect donations of unwanted clothing and material. They collected over 275 Kilos of donated bags, which has raised the grand total of £151.25. This money will be used for future Eco Team projects in their efforts to make our school more environmentally aware. Thank you to everyone that donated items and supported the Eco Team. For more information about RAGTEX for Schools please [click here].

Eco Team 2011

Eco Team 2011
Some of our fantastic Eco Team 2010-2011!

Eco Team Display

Eco TeamMrs Horne has worked really hard to update the Eco Team display in the Acorns hall. I'm sure you'll agree, it looks great! Make sure you have a look at it to read about all the things that the Eco Team have been doing.

Eco Buzz Summer 2011

Eco teamThe Eco Team have had a busy year! Read all about their latest achievements in the Eco Buzz. Members of the Eco Team have written the Eco Buzz themselves and are very proud of all the things that they have done. To download the Eco Buzz Summer 2011 please [click here].

RAGTEX Collection for the Eco Team Wednesday July 13th

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