New application forms for 2021/2022 Academic Year

From September 2021, all schools beginning an application form must use our new application forms on Submit.com 

Schools due to apply in the 2021/2022 Academic Year

If you are due to complete an application for the Green Flag Award this academic year, please use our new forms on Submit.com to begin working on your application.

If you are currently in the middle of completing a form

If you are currently in the middle of completing a form on our website and plan to apply in Spring 2022 using this same form please continue to do so. Your form and application for the Green Flag Award will not be impacted. You can log in to the forms here. Alternatively, you are welcome to copy your work onto the new forms; please contact us for assistance.

If you are in Year One of your theme

If you are in Year One of your theme (ie you are not applying for the Green Flag award in the 2021/2022 Academic Year) please use our new forms, available at the submit.com.

Deadline information

The deadline for renewal applications is on Friday, April 1st 2022 for the 2021/2022 academic year. Schools applying for their first Green Flag, Litter & Waste theme, must submit an application by Tuesday, March 1st, 2022.

Please contact us with any queries. 

Click here to access the Green-Schools Application Forms

How it works

Following the award of your school’s first Green Flag, each subsequent application is a “Renewal”, so-called as you are “renewing” your Green Flag award under a new theme. Schools must submit renewal applications every two years.

The application forms for all renewal schools are available at https://greenschools.submit.com/.

Schools applying for their renewal Green Flags (Energy, Water, Travel, Biodiversity and the Global Citizenship themes) must first complete an assessment visit from a Green-Schools officer or Environment Awareness Officer before submitting their renewal application. The deadline for renewal applications is on Friday, April 1st 2022 for the 2021/2022 academic year. Schools applying for their first Green Flag, Litter & Waste theme, must submit an application by Tuesday, March 1st, 2022.

What is a “renewal visit”?

A renewal visit takes places during the second year of your Green-Schools programme. Typically, the visit is completed before you submit your renewal application form. Renewal visits are carried out either by your Local Authority Environment Awareness Officer or by Green-Schools staff. The purpose of the visit is so that Green-Schools can see you have an active Green-Schools programme in operation and that you have been maintaining previous themes in addition to working on your current theme. You do not need to have completed every step before the renewal visit, however this will need to be achieved prior to submitting your application. During the visit you will have the opportunity to show the assessor documentation such as folders, newsletters, posters, photos etc of your work and achievements over the past two years. To arrange your renewal visit please contact your local authority’s Environment Awareness Officer or Green-Schools.

The first step to taking part in the Green-Schools programme for the first time is to register with us using the form below. Following this you will be sent all the information you need to begin working on the first theme: Litter & Waste. Registration can take place at any time of year.

After working on this theme for a minimum of one full school year schools can then apply for the Green Flag award. The deadline for schools applying for this award for the 2021/2022 academic year is Friday, April 1, 2022.

  • If you have already received a Green Flag award you are registered with Green-Schools and do not need to re-register.
  • If you do not know if your school is registered with Green-Schools please contact us to check.
  • Registration Form for Green-Schools