New Application Forms

We are transitioning to new application forms for all Green-Schools. 

If you are currently in the middle of completing a form

If you are currently in the middle of completing a form on the current system, please continue to do so. Your form and application for the Green Flag Award will not be impacted. You can log in using the button below, as normal.

If you have not yet started to complete a form

If you are applying for your Green Flag award this academic year (2020/2021) and would like to use our new forms you can do so by clicking the link below.

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 2020/2021 Academic Year) please use our new forms, available at the link below. If you have already started to complete one of our current forms you can continue to do so and your application in 2021/2022 will not be affected.

Irish Forms

We hope to have our forms available as Gaeilge by the end of February 2021. In the meantime you are welcome to add your answers in Irish to our new forms.

Please contact us with any queries. 

Click here to access the NEW Green-Schools Application Forms

Current website 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 listed below. (If you have not yet started an application form you can use our new application forms 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 usually in March each year; for the 2020/2021 academic year the deadline has been extended to Friday, June 25, 2021.

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. For the 2020/2021 academic year renewal visits will take place within current guidelines, including virtual visits.

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 first time is in early December each year.

Guide to current website forms

If you’re signing up to use the forms or completing an online application form for the first time please view the videos below which will give you a short introduction into a) signing up to use the forms and b) completing a form. Use the arrow buttons at the side of the video to switch between both videos.

Please note that if you have not yet signed up to use the forms or completed a form you can use our new forms, available here.

  • Before using our application forms you must first sign up to use the application system. 
  • Signing up is a two-step process which requires you to create a username and password.
  • If you do not receive an email following initial sign up please check your spam/junk folder as it may be there.
  • Once the sign up process is complete you can log in to the website and view your application at any time.
  • We recommend that you use the forms with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers, not Internet Explorer.
  • Using the online applications will allow you to save progress and return to your form at different stages should you so wish. If you have any questions about the application process please read our frequently asked questions or contact us.
  • A guideline document to each theme, outlining the requirements of the application form, is available in the boxes below.

A note on eircom.net email addresses

We have experienced issues with eircom.net email users and the process of signing up to our website. Emails from the Green-Schools website are regularly blocked by eircom.net email addresses and sent to spam. Many eircom.net email users cannot access their spam. If you are signing up to use the site for the first time please consider using an alternative email address; the email address used for sign up is not used for any correspondence following the sign up process so, once a record is kept of the address used by the school, it does not have to be the school’s main email address. Email addresses listed when completing the online forms are used for correspondence by Green-Schools regarding your Green Flag application.

Current Website Application Forms

The Litter & Waste theme is the first theme schools work on in the Green-Schools programme. Deadline for all schools in 2021 is Friday, June 25, 2021.

Deadline for all schools in 2021 is Friday, June 25, 2021.

. Please note: schools applying for Energy must arrange a renewal visit before completing their application.

Please note: schools applying for Water must arrange a renewal visit before completing their application. Deadline for all schools in 2021 is Friday, June 25, 2021.

Please note: schools applying for Travel must arrange a renewal visit before completing their application. Deadline for all schools in 2021 is Friday, June 25, 2021.

Deadline for all schools in 2021 is Friday, June 25, 2021. Please note: schools applying for Biodiversity must arrange a renewal visit before completing their application.

Deadline for all schools in 2021 is Friday, June 25, 2021. Please note: schools applying must arrange a renewal visit before completing their application.

Deadline for all schools in 2021 is Friday, June 25, 2021. Please note: schools applying must arrange a renewal visit before completing their application.

Deadline for all schools in 2021 is Friday, June 25, 2021. Please note: schools applying must arrange a renewal visit before completing their application.

Global Citizenship – Travel Environment is the newest theme of the Green-Schools programme. Deadline for all schools in 2021 is Friday, June 25, 2021.