Ilfracombe Church of England (VC) Junior School

Envirornment & Recycling


Looking after our world is a central part of our school ethos.


Every Friday lunchtime the classroom recycling bins are collected by children containing paper, cardboard and plastic bottles.

The kitchens recycle all their food cans, plastic and cardboard.

The daily leftovers from dinner are composted in the school vegetable garden.

In the playgrounds children are asked to sort their waste in the most suitable bin - for composting, recycling and landfill.

Renewable Energy Generation & Conservation

Solar Thermal Panels - 3.3 kWh of generated hot water for the school kitchens

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels - up to 33.3 kWh of generated electricity for the school, cutting fossil fuel use by 30%. Some days the school runs entirely on the power provided by these panels.

The school main buildings are double glazed and insulated to reduce heat loss.

Staff actively car share to reduce CO2 emissions to school

Our computers are low-power units with high energy-efficiency.

You can also view our current Display Energy Certificate (jpg, 1Mb).


Children can take part in growing veg for the school at lunchtimes in the organic veg garden.

On warm, sunny days mown grass is raked for hay for the guinea pigs, or used in the compost if wet.

Global Action / Awareness

Each year group sponsors a child at an Orphanage in Swaziland. Regular fundraising activities (cake sales, sponsorship events, etc.) are held to provide food/shelter and education for these children who would otherwise live on the streets. Overseen by Jon Skinner, former teacher at Ilfracombe Church of England Junior School.

The school also takes part in nationally recognised charity events including Sports Relief, Comic Relief and Children in Need.