How to Enter
Step by Stepů
We have outlined the process in eight simple steps.
Before entering the award it would be helpful to assign a lead person at the school who will take charge of completing the entry process. It is beneficial for pupils to be involved from the outset. It would also be advisable to gain approval from the Governors as the entry form requires five signatures to verify the information including the school lead, Head Teacher, Chair of Governors, site manager and pupil Chair of the School Council or other body for pupils. If you need to improve your toilets you may want to set up a task group and devise an action plan.
There are two forms to complete. You can complete the application forms online or download and print the applications forms and submit these by post.
Form 1. School Self Assessment Entry Form
The School Toilet Lead should fill in the School Self Assessment Entry Form which includes spaces for answers to specific questions about your school toilets. Once completed, it should be approved and signed by the Head Teacher, Chair of Governors, Site Manager, pupil Chair of the School Council or other body for pupils.
You can either fill in an online
entry form or download and print
the entry form.
Form 2. Pupil Assessment Entry Form
The School Council or other pupil body should complete a Pupil Assessment Entry Form to accompany the application.
You can either fill in an online entry form or download and print the entry form.
Photographic evidence of the pupils' toilets is required, preferably of each set of pupils' toilets. Photos should be clearly labelled with the school's name and toilet identification e.g. for girls; for years 7-9, adjacent to classrooms. If you have a written School Toilet Policy, (a policy should include a checklist of how the school intends to keep the toilets clean, hygienic, in good condition and accessible to pupils) or if you have completed a Toilet Action Plan, please send copies.
You have two ways of doing this:
- Apply online, or
- The application forms can be printed out and submitted by post with supporting evidence to the Bog Standard School Toilet Award (ERIC), 36 Old School House, Britannia Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DB.
We recommend that the school also keeps a copy of the completed entry forms.
To help monitor the standard of school toilets receiving the Award, Bog Standard will work with partners to carry out random spot checks of some schools. If your school is picked you will be notified in advance and a convenient time arranged for a visit. The visit will consist of: -
- A walk round the school to view ALL toilet facilities for pupils.
- A discussion with relevant staff (e.g. Head Teacher, site manager) about policies in place for toilet access, maintenance and development.
The visit should take less than one hour. All other schools
will be purely self-certificated.
The Bog Standard team will review all entry forms against an approved
set of criteria. Should your school be judged to meet the School
Toilet Award criteria, you will receive a certificate recognising
your school's achievement. You will also be able to use the
School Toilet Award logo in your school and on your website.
If your school is unsuccessful this time, you will be sent a
letter explaining the areas for improvement and you can enter
again once the requirements have been fulfilled.
You may wish to arrange a press release and contact your local press. To help promote your success to the local community we have provided a template press release on the Bog Standard website. You may also wish to announce the award in your newsletter or in a letter to parents.
The school should continue working to ensure the School Toilet Award standard is maintained and should review the standard at least annually. The School Toilet Award certificate is valid for three years.
After this period schools can re-apply for the Award.