Swiss Cottage has a number of initiatives including the fact that it is a Rights Respecting School, an Eco School, and is part of the network of the Global Learning Programme for SEND.
Rights Respecting School
Swiss Cottage is a ‘Rights Respecting’ School. This means that we teach children about their rights according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and model rights and respect in all our relationships.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an internationally agreed declaration, which recognises the entitlement of all children, to safety, happiness, health and wellbeing. It was signed by the United Kingdom in 1990.
We are proud to announce that Swiss Cottage School Development & Research Centre is a Eco School and we are working towards gaining the very prestigious Eco School Green Flag award. This is a fantastic opportunity for Swiss Cottage School to make a difference to the environment and to encourage pupils to take ownership in important issues such as energy saving and the environment.
About Eco Schools
Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life. Eco-Schools can help enhance the curriculum and get the whole school united behind something important.
Their mission is to help make every school in the country sustainable and to bring about behaviour change in young people and those connected to them so that good habits learned in schools are followed through into homes and communities.
Our Eco Code
We promise to:
- Turn off our computers and lights at the end of the day;
- grow our own vegetables to use in our life skills classes and in our café;
- use the stairs instead of the lift;
- think about how we travel;
- think before we print;
- Encourage biodiversity (Sedum roof, bird boxes, ladybird hotel, feeders)
- to use compost bins to make our own compost; and
- to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Our Urban Habitats Project
Swiss Cottage School, in partnership with the ZSL, has been awarded nearly £3000 from the Royal Society to biodiversify our school grounds.
Our Urban Habitats Project, under the expert guidance of Dr. John Bielby and Rachel Hodder from the ZSL, will help to build an environment that will attract more birds, mini-beasts, frogs, toads and other wildlife to our school grounds. Tweet us! @SCSBio
Roadmap for Life
Professionals and Parents co-creating a better future for young people.
This event shapes life-long pathways for young people with SEN. Featuring presentations, workshops and a marketplace where we explore issues facing individuals with learning disabilities like getting a job and developing new skills, relationships, making friends and how to become more involved in the community.