Plastic Free Schools

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Plastic Free Schools is a programme run by Surfers Against Sewage to empower pupils to make positive changes for the environment and the school. In order for Hermitage Academy to achieve Plastic Free Schools status, we must complete 5 objectives:

  1. Understanding the Problem - Pupils form a Plastic Free Action Group and conduct a single-use plastic investigation across the school, recording the results.
  2. Launch Campaign - The Plastic Free Action Group share the investigation results and further research into the issues of single-use plastic in an assembly and school news article.
  3. Stemming the Flow - At least three single-use plastic items identified in the investigation are eliminated from the school, for good.
  4. Challenging Government - Pupils write and send letters to the local politician outlining their campaign, their findings in the school and asking the politician for help to tackle the issue.
  5. Challenging Industry - A school clean is held and a tally is made of the worst offending brands. The Plastic Free Action Group take pictures and contact the brands to call for change.



Two S2 Maths classes and members of the Eco-Committee will start their monthly litter picks around the school during the week beginning 27th September and the S2 Maths classes will use the litter to produce data on litter in our school. We will use this data in 3 ways:

  1. by running anti-litter campaigns
  2. by writing to government
  3. by writing to the offending companies

Some S1 classes will also shortly be using the Plastic Free Schools resources to learn about the pros and cons of plastic in their Science lessons.