What is ESD?
Education for sustainable development (ESD) is a vision of education that empowers people to take responsibility for creating a sustainable future. ESD has its roots in the fields of environmental education and development education. It is not a new idea but extends current thinking and practice in light of the increasing importance of sustainable development issues. It involves learning about issues and acquiring the knowledge and understanding, values and dispositions, skills and aptitudes that will enable young people to participate and work towards solutions to local, national and global issues. It also involves the development of thinking and social skills through investigating relevant key ESD questions.
Our ESD journey.
History of Howe Dell
Howe Dell School was originally set in a historical building close to Old Hatfield.
The school occupied the former parsonage of Hatfield, a mainly Tudor timber frame building with early 19th Century additions. It was a listed building of great historical interest and charm. Four classes were housed in the main building and three in the separate Medway Building.
The Assembly Hall, Music/Television Room, Office and Staff Room were in the large rooms of the house and the stone flagged Entrance Hall made an interesting and elegant library. The upper storey of the old coach house provided two large adjoining rooms for an IT Suite, which was home to 15 workstations and used by all except the very youngest children. The ground floor of this building was used for cloakrooms and lavatories.
The architectural interest of the building provided an invaluable resource for study. The extensive gardens and grounds, which include a variety of shrubs and trees, were used for science and environmental studies, as well as providing excellent subject matter for art and imaginative writing.
Howe Dell is Hertfordshire’s first ‘Eco-School’. It is also the first building in the world to feature a revolutionary new heating system that uses the school playground to heat and cool its buildings. We are lucky to have many eco features such as:
Howe Dell School was relocated in September 2007 to the centre of the new housing development on the disused Aerodrome site. The £10m project incorporates nursery provision, a community centre and a child day care facility. The architects have included innovative 'sustainable' elements such as renewable energy, recycled materials, natural ventilation and lighting, water management and sustainable construction.
The development has turned out to be a tremendous success with the building and landscape forming a fantastic learning resource for pupils, teachers, parents and the community.
Eco Discovery Bus Project, an update!
All systems steaming ahead for this exciting initiative, instigated due to consultancy funds from our Conference involving many staff and additional Senior leadership traded roles beyond Howe Dell.