Ripon school gains a Fairtrade first for city

Pupils at Ripon Cathedral Primary School celebrate after their school became the first Fairtrade school in Ripon. (S)
Pupils at Ripon Cathedral Primary School celebrate after their school became the first Fairtrade school in Ripon. (S)

Pupils at a Ripon school are celebrating becoming the first in the city to be awarded Fairtrade status.

Ripon Cathedral Primary School has been granted the status by The Fairtrade Foundation after being impressed by its work to support the global movement.

The school has been involved in promoting Fairtrade for some time and currently all Fairtrade activities are run by a committee of children aged between eight and 10.

Fairtrade has been absorbed into all aspects of school life, through activities such as baking with Fairtrade ingredients, to learning about developing countries through geography and music lessons. Pupils have even led worship at Ripon Cathedral based on Fairtrade.

Headteacher Darren Dudman said: “Serving others and looking after our world are important elements of our church school ethos.

“Pupils, parents and staff should be extremely proud that their efforts have resulted in the Cathedral School being recognised in this way.”

Linda Scannell, chair woman of the Ripon Fairtrade Action Group said: “Ripon achieved Fairtrade City status in February 2010 and it is fantastic that Ripon Cathedral School have become the first school in the city to achieve Fairtrade School status.”

It is currently Fairtrade Fortnight which runs until Monday, March 12.