In an outstanding achievement, three groups of Year 7 students from St Joseph’s Catholic Middle School, Hexham reached the County Finals of the Young Green Briton Challenge. This commendable accomplishment showcases the dedication and hard work of our students in actively contributing to environmental sustainability.

The Young Green Briton Challenge, in its second year, is a collaborative initiative by Volunteers for Future, Social Innovation for All, the Ministry of Eco Education, and the Green Britain Foundation. This programme is designed to nurture the skills of students aged 11 – 14 in areas such as design, innovation, and business, empowering them to tackle local climate and sustainability issues through creative entrepreneurial solutions.

The entire Year 7 cohort at St Joseph’s participated in this challenge, engaging in workshops to explore climate change factors and develop innovative solutions during the Design Sprint workshop. Through teamwork and creativity, our students formulated projects to address root causes of climate change, culminating in the ‘Eco Dragons Den‘ pitching event, at County Hall, where the Fast Fashionistas team emerged victorious with their impactful solution addressing fast fashion waste locally. The Fast Fashinistas team has been selected to advance to the National Award Finals in June, in London, where they will compete alongside other top teams for additional funding to further amplify the impact of their Eco-Venture. This opportunity not only highlights the potential of our students, but also underscores the importance of their contribution to environmental sustainability on a wider stage.