Understanding of the environment is central to the life of the School, and at CCCS we believe that the best approach to giving our pupils an understanding of the environment is through personal and practical experience wherever possible.
We are also keen to pass on a love of the natural world to our pupils, something which we are able to do given the beauty of our surroundings.
"It's nice to be part of a school community where there is so much talent in so many areas. Complacency is not an option"
Despite being in the very heart of Oxford, we have a large Woodland School, where pupils learn about the natural world and the environment. We are encouraging our pupils to come to school by bicycle and so provide cycling proficiency lessons for all those who want it – the number of people coming to school on two wheels has increased dramatically as a consequence.
On Mondays, we provide vegetarian food for all and our food is prepared using ingredients from local suppliers wherever possible, including vegetables from the Covered Market. Pupils are encouraged to think about the food they are eating and waste is strictly controlled.
The School is always looking for ways to decrease its carbon footprint and pupils are taught about the importance of personal actions and responsibility in terms of protecting natural resources. The younger children have gardens set in a beautiful corner of the school site outside our 16th Century building. The excitement of seeing plants grow is clear on the faces of the children as they see the gardens develop as the year progresses.