We are passionate about Fairtrade across the academy and in the wider community. We believe that it is our co-operative responsibility to treat everyone fairly, and being Fairtrade is just one the the many ways we do this.
In 2017 we achieved the highest Fairtrade Schools Award as a result of our actions raising awareness of this important global trade issue. We are always thinking of new ways to raise awareness and showcase our commitment to living a more Fairtrade life.
We always celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and in 2017 we organised our biggest yet: from choreographing different responses to Fairtrade through The Arts, to promoting the use of Fairtrade footballs through a fairplay Fairtrade football tournament. Brad Hill, Fairtrade Strategy Manager, for the Co-op group, alongside the Trust’s Central Team, visited the academy during Fairtrade fortnight, to find out about our work and to share with the students the commitment that the Co-op group have to Fairtrade.
Agnes in Year 10 said, ‘It is fantastic to have met Mr Hill and to hear first-hand about his job and the difference that Fairtrade makes across the world.’
The academy has also begun an outreach offer to local Primary Schools to further raise awareness of Fairtrade. Any primaries who are interested in finding out more about this should get in touch with Mrs Fiddler. We also work with our sister academies in the Co-op Academies Trust to share what we do, and help them become FairAchievers like us.