EKC Broadstairs College is celebrating success at the Green School Awards after winning the Further Education Trailblazer honour.
The awards recognise pupils, students, schools, and colleges that are making a real difference to the environment.
Organised by Social Enterprise Kent, the event was held this month at Ashford International Hotel.
Jess Clarke, Head of the Forest School at Broadstairs, and lead tutor Sam Butler took three, students to attend this year’s glittering event.
Students Kye Daniel, Aaron Morgan and Ben Milton took to the stage to collect the prestigious Further Education Trailblazer Award for the work carried out over the last year, including the addition of a second site to the Level 1 Forest School at Broadstairs, a wildlife pond, several bug hotels, native re-wilding, outdoor gym, nature walks and staff allotment.
Jess Clarke said: “I am so proud of what these students have achieved, to be part of the Green School community and to be able to build stronger networks with our fellow Forest Schools.”
Aaron said it was “terrifying but good,” Kye felt the whole experience has been “inspiring” and Ben said it has been “excellent in general”.
Sarah Benfield, Assistant Principal who oversees the post 16 Forest School, said: “The EKC Group is committed to the addressing climate change. As a college at Broadstairs we are immensely proud to be impacting positively on the environment and offering learners the opportunity to experience a post 16 employability course that prepares them from progression onto a Level 2 vocational course at the college and then onto employment.”
The awards were sponsored by a range of industries including Country Style Recycling.