At Dunottar we embrace our responsibility for environmental protection locally, nationally and globally and recognise the importance of integrating this responsibility into our pupils’ education. We are committed to continuous improvements to our environment, driven by our Sustainability Policy and by the ideas and initiatives emanating from our pupils at Eco Club.
As part of United Learning, Dunottar is working towards a group-wide target of being Carbon Neutral by 2030 through a variety of different initiatives.
Dunottar is set in 15 acres of beautiful grounds, including extensive natural woodlands which are home to many native creatures such as deer, foxes and badgers. These natural habitats are protected and maintained, allowing biological diversity of the school’s land. All the mature trees on the site are protected by preservation orders and any trees removed are replaced twice over.
In 2020, Dunottar introduced beehives as part of the conservation strategy. These hives produce hundreds of jars of Dunottar honey each year.
Through the Global Citizenship programme, pupils develop an awareness of the wider world, looking at sustainability and how they can play an active part in the global community. With the increasing threat of global warming, never was there more of a need to make our pupils aware of the world beyond our doors and the part that we all play in this.
We run several environmentally focused co-curricular clubs, offering pupils the opportunity to increase their understanding of the natural world and to take an active part in its preservation.
Our ECO Club meets regularly to discuss environmental initiatives and address the school’s responsibilities. Previous initiatives include a campaign to save energy around the school, regular litter clearing, planting native trees, making plastic-free Christmas crackers and encouraging families to walk and cycle more.
Beekeeping Club members tend our on–site apiary, home to around 40,000 bees, learning all about these amazing creatures who play such an important part in our food production and local ecology.
Pupils who attend our Gardening Club have been learning about seasonal planting, making homes for small wildlife by creating areas for bugs and bees, and developing their understanding of recycling.
In 2019, pupils and staff worked together to create a natural, outdoor classroom nestled in the extensive woodlands at Dunottar. Under a canopy of branches, pupils have delighted audiences with their drama productions, enjoyed team building and woodcraft activities and unleashed their natural curiosity looking for bugs and other creatures in this versatile space.