Sybil Andrews Academy

Celebrating two gardening awards

Published: 12 October, 2022

A school’s commitment to teaching about the great outdoors has earned them two Bury in Bloom awards.

Sybil Andrews Academy is celebrating after landing two coveted Green Fingers prizes following a year of transforming the grounds in the Bury St Edmunds secondary school.

Students across all year groups have been working on a school garden – which was recognised with the gold award in the upper schools category.

And it was a double celebration at the school after Year 7 pastoral officer, Laura Caunter, won the Judges Special Award after leading the school project.

Laura said: “We were all absolutely delighted to win these Bury in Bloom awards.

“Our school garden project has been really special as it has had such a positive impact on the students and their social and emotional wellbeing.

“It has given our students a sense of responsibility, a sense of pride and help build self confidence and self esteem.”

The work of the school and Laura was praised by Green Fingers coordinator, Fiona Till.

Fiona said: “We are very proud of the close working relationship we have with local schools and Sybil Andrews Academy is a great example of that.

“The students have been absolutely fantastic and Laura is a credit to the school. Their awards were very well deserved and we congratulate all of this year’s recipients.”

Other winners of the Bury in Bloom Green Fingers awards were The Bungalow Child Care and Day Care, Glastonbury Court, Sebert Wood Community Primary School, Tollgate Primary School and Arthur Wallis who won the Young Gardener Award.