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Green Flag Award

Criteria for the Green Flag Award

For a complete list of the Green Flag criteria, please see the Award Criteria.

Green Flag Applications and Renewals

Please try out the new online application in the School Zone.

Whether you are applying for a Green Flag for the first time or renewing your Green Flag status, the application process is the same (with the exception of an additional section for reapplications).

With the programme growing every year we are making a few changes to the application process to ensure that everyone who applies by the given deadlines are assessed on time. There are two suggested deadlines this year – one for renewals and one for new Green Flags. As always you can submit your Green Flag application at any time of the year but these are the deadlines for a guaranteed assessment in the 2020/21 school year, schools applying after these dates might not be assessed by the end of June.

  • Green Flag Renewals – Friday 29th January 2021 – this is the deadline for all schools who are renewing their Green Flags this year. Assessments will be scheduled between February and May. Some renewal schools may not receive a site visit, see the website for more details.
  • New Green Flags – Friday 19th March 2021 – this is the deadline for all schools who are going for their first Green Flag this year. Assessments will be scheduled between April and June.

Your application will be acknowledged and processed by the Eco-Schools office. Your school will be contacted so that a suitable date for an assessment visit can be arranged. During this visit the assessor may ask to see some or all of the evidence referred to in your application form, and will wish to talk with both children and staff about their level of involvement in the scheme.

Following a successful visit, you will receive a confirmation letter, certificate and Green Flag.

If your application is unsuccessful, the form will be returned to you with an explanation, and some guidance as to how a resubmission may succeed; requirements for progress will be provided.