PUPILS at a Caerphilly County Borough primary school have proven their green credentials after being given a top eco award.

Pentwynmawr Primary School has been awarded a Platinum Award from Keep Tidy Wales after previously gaining three Green Flag Awards thanks to the environmental education programme, Eco Schools.

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

The Eco Schools programme inspires and empowers pupils to be leaders of change in their community.

It helps them to 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.

Cabinet member for education AM Kirsty Williams visited the school last Thursday to present the award.

Head teacher of the school Jackie Nash said she was proud of the school for gaining the award and said: “The Platinum Award is a very impressive achievement and highlights the enthusiasm and commitment of the whole school and its close community towards sustainable development.

“The dedication of the Eco committee over many years has been outstanding and inspirational. All pupils are a credit to the school and have developed as local and global citizens. Their journey has enhanced their understanding of the world around them and will, as they progress through life, provide them with more opportunities to improve the quality of life for all.”