Ranelagh School awarded Fairtrade statusBy Jonathan Low
September 19, 2012
Students at Ranelagh School in Bracknell have been described as the driving force behind the successful campaign to become a fairtrade school.
Ranelagh were officially awarded Fairtrade status earlier this month, having started the campaign to claim accreditation to the Fairtrade Foundation last September.
Teacher Mary Sweeney said: “The students are the real driving force behind it.
“We had to fulfil five different steps for the accreditation, which included setting up a committee at the school, featuring fairtrade on the curriculum and incorporating it into the school’s policies.
“We now teach fairtrade in food technology, religious education and graphics.”
As part of the accreditation, the school now has its own fairtrade commitment statement displayed in classrooms, which outline how and why it is committed to fairtrade.
The school has also been working with the community, including Waitrose to help raise awareness of fairtrade.
The supermarket donated 300 bananas to the school during Fairtrade Fortnight in February, and they were turned into fairtrade smoothies using Blendavenda technology, which was developed by former student Tom Briggs.