This month, the UK, together with Italy, are hosting an event many believe to be the world’s best last chance to get runaway climate change under control.

COP26 is the 2021 United Nations climate change conference.

For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority.

This year will be the 26th annual summit – giving it the name COP26. With the UK as President, COP26 takes place in Glasgow.

With so much publicity, what has impressed us the most so far is the stand that young people around the world are taking to protect our planet and futures.

Whether this has been Greta Thunberg discussing climate change, Malala Yousafzai talking about girls education, or young people campaigning for further action, it has been great to see young people using their voices for such worthy causes.

We were excited today to read about a new Duke of Edinburgh style climate award that will be discussed at COP26, alongside other measures aimed at putting climate change at the heart of education.

Student voice is a crucial part of our school community. We are fortunate to be able to meet with students each week as part of our #HotChocFri and this provides us with an opportunity to talk to students about the things they think we are doing well, and help us identify things which we can further develop.

This term, Miss Drakeley will be re-launching our student voice/student council across the school, looking at ways in which students can sit on Student Leadership Boards for their year group and work with staff to develop different areas across the school, one of these being how we can be more environmentally friendly.

We look forward to working with our students over the coming months and years to really drive standards and make a difference.