Gorse Hall celebrates 21 years as an eco school
Friday 12th April 2019 @ 15:40 by Tom Greggan
Education News Stalybridge Tameside

Gorse Hall Primary School in Stalybridge is celebrating an astonishing 21 years as an ECO school.

The school celebrated its commitment to environmental issues with a special ECO assembly on Friday. 

Special guests joined the children including Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds.

Eco-Schools is a global programme which has been running for nearly a quarter of a century, helping to develop pupils’ awareness and skills around all environmental matters.

Pupils get stuck in and take part in a litter pick and weeding session.

The school has been a regular recipient of the Eco Flag and staff and pupils continue to work tirelessly to help improve the environment.

By educating their pupils from the earliest ages, staff at Gorse Hall believe their pupils can make a difference in the long term.

Past projects have included creating a plastic free playground and taking part in clean air days.

The school has also benefited hugely from working with ‘The Friends of Gorse Hall’, the group itself celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Pupils from the school, along with numerous other Tameside schools, have helped to support the ‘Friends’ on projects over the last two decades, ranging from planting, litter picks, pond dipping and an incredible 10 years of archaeology.

Pupils show off their projects to special guests including Jonathan Reynolds MP at their special assembly.

Schools have been involved in uncovering the stables, the area around Hunters Tower and the summer house at Gorse Hall.

Manchester University Archaeology Unit supported investigations at the hall for 10 years, helping to uncover the site of the New Gorse Hall.

Many of the children then will remember the story of the murder at the hall in 1910, and Graham Brown’s ‘hands up or I’ll shoot’ – which would make them all jump!

Some schools were invited to draw pictures of what Gorse Hall meant to them as a ‘Potter around Gorse Hall’ with the winners being presented with book tokens.

The pictures will be put into the information boards on site.

The Friends continue to appeal for volunteers to help keep the site safe and open for community use.

The work group meets every Thursday at 9.30am at the cabin up from the main entrance on High Street, Stalybridge. 

You can telephone 07790 006345 for further information about joining the work group.