Churchill Academy

STEM in action - Green Initiatives at the Academy

Students from The Green Team and teachers in the STEM group have been working on projects to involve students with local environmental initiatives. Earlier in the year we met with representatives from KIER Environmental, who are working with Bristol Water to deliver the pipeline scheme in the locality between Barrow Gurney and Cheddar reservoir. As part of the scheme, there are huge ecological and environmental works taking place, to ensure the limited disruption to the local wildlife in the area. One of the requirements is the conservation of our local bird and owl populations and to provide nesting boxes to enable a smooth transition for these animals. Students at the Academy have a renowned history for designing and building nesting boxes in Design and Technology lessons and this photograph shows a Year 7 bird box in a "Springwatch" style "Nature in Action" shot with its happy occupants, as photographed by Mr Barham.

So how does this link with the project? As part of our student involvement with KIER and the Green Team, we have designated four days during Activities Week to build a series of nesting boxes to help with the conservation scheme and these boxes will be used along sections of the pipeline. We are aiming to produce approximately 30 owl boxes during the four days and have them up and in action as soon as they are completed.

We have another exciting project soon to be unveiled, but you will need to monitor the school social media for it's arrival! In the meantime, if you would like to contact the Green Team or inform us of any exciting environmental schemes that would benefit our students, please contact Mr Bevan in Humanities.