An academy in Witham is celebrating after a series of awards marking their efforts in cleanliness, health and safety.
New Rickstones Academy, in Conrad Road, has been praised by both Braintree District Council and the British Safety Council.
The district council has named the academy as the cleanest school in Witham after awarding it top marks for cleanliness, number of bins, discipline for offenders caught littering, amount of litter outside school gates and their cleaning schedule.
A system where students form a Green Team and keep an eye on all things waste got the most praise.
Jenny Mayes, of Braintree District Council, said: “We were particularly impressed with your innovative methods concerning recycling. You clearly have a very strong, passionate and driven Green Team - and we will be recommending this type of system exists in all of our district secondary schools.
“Your academy grounds, both inside and out, were immaculate and free of litter accumulations. We would also like to commend you on the reduction of litter found outside the front of the academy.”
As well as the title, the school was given a trophy and £250 towards the Green Team project.
Marina Thomas, of New Rickstones, said: “Our students have worked very hard on this project and deserve this title.”
The British Safety Council also held the academy up as a good example when it awarded it the coveted Five Star Health and Safety Audit Award following a rigorous inspection.
The health and safety accolade was presented at an awards ceremony on board the HQS Wellington in London.
The awards recognises the success New Rickstones has had in effectively managing the risks associated with workplace injury and ill health.
Alex Botha, chief executive of the British Safety Council, said: “An organisation’s reputation is enhanced considerably through effective health and safety management and success in gaining the Five Star Award.”