THE latest lockdown in Wales didn't stop a school from achieving a top eco award.

Ysgol Y Foryd pupils returned to school on February 22.

The Kinmel Bay based school has now secured the prestigious Platinum Flag Award after previously gaining three Green Flag Awards thanks to the environmental education programme, Eco-Schools.

Mark Patterson, Ysgol Y Foryd eco-coordinator, said “We now have clear, well established eco strategies embedded across our school.

"Staff, pupils and parents continue to work together to help us meet and maintain our high eco-friendly standards.”

Eco-Schools is an international programme run in Wales by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy.. funded by the Welsh Government.

The Eco-Schools programme inspires and empowers pupils to be leaders of change in their community, helping them learn about sustainable living and global citizenship while giving them the information and support they need to make changes that will benefit their school, local environment and wider community, such as reducing waste, energy consumption, transport, biodiversity, healthy living and litter issues.

Catrin Hughes, education Officer for Keep Wales Tidy, said: “The Platinum Flag is a very impressive achievement and highlights the enthusiasm and commitment that Ysgol Y Foryd has towards sustainable development. The dedication of the Eco-Committee over many years has been inspirational.

"I’d like to congratulate and thank all of the pupils and staff involved for their hard work."