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‘Excellent’ rating for Schools Against Waste

‘Excellent’ rating for Schools Against Waste

Hear what schools think about the programme

Published: 25th Feb 2019

Schools Against Waste (SAW) has been rated 'excellent' by all of the 50 schools that have responded to our survey after taking part in the programme. 

We’re working with Somerset Waste Partnership to offer the county’s primary schools a free half day to give pupils the chance to learn how our actions impact the environment. 

Hear what some of the more than 100 schools we have visited so far thought and how students, staff and parents were inspired by taking part:


“I whole-heartedly recommend a visit to every primary school. Waste is such an important and topical issue for children to understand and engage with. The SAW programme inspires them to think about and hopefully develop opportunities to act on this learning.”
Bev Janes, Wellsprings Primary


“The workshops have encouraged pupils and teachers to reuse plastic and to recycle food waste. The 'reduce reuse recycle' message encouraged the children to think about our environment and take action in the community.”
Tom Guppy, Huish Primary


“[The children] loved it. Many of them chose to speak about the facts they’d learnt in the subsequent sharing assembly we did. Both staff and pupils are now inspired to reconsider their actions with regards to waste.”
Marie Palmer, Holway Park Primary School


“Very well pitched for our students who all have additional needs.”
Lisa House, Penrose School


“The children are our future and the wealth of knowledge and passion the [SAW] team have for this area of the curriculum is so much more powerful than what we could achieve on our own.”
Laura Weaver, Exford First School


“We are now looking into how we can become a single use plastic free school including encouraging the children to revamp their lunches to make them more eco friendly. We are also reviewing our recycling in the school including reviewing how we dispose of food waste.”
Nicole Priestman, St Andrew’s Junior School


“I thought this programme was brilliant. It fitted into our topic perfectly and has inspired the children to take action. They understand that they can make a difference to their planet and are keen to find solutions to our growing problems."
Dan Perry, Old Cleeve First School


“The school really enjoyed the informative workshops and assembly and it injected our whole school theme with excitement and passion.”
Tamara Pembleton, Horrington Primary School


“We are all recycling like mad now, both at home and at school.”
Michelle Heap, Baltonsborough Primary


“[The children] are very inspired and motivated. An example being, for school trips, children normally take their lunch in a plastic carrier bag and then throw it away. My class decided that this was not best as it would go to landfill so they took reusable bags. Children also chose to take plastic bottles home as there weren’t recycling bins on our school trip. The workshop really raised awareness and motivated them to make a difference.”
Catherine Hodsman, Brookside Primary Academy


“I was shocked at the size of a landfill site. I’m definitely going to recycle, reuse and hopefully reduce the amount of rubbish we have.”
“I feel really sorry for all the birds in the landfill site eating all the plastic. I’m going to try and not use as much plastic.”
“I’m going to try and recycle more things especially clothes and shoes.”
Pupils at High Ham Primary


“A really great local resource.”
Phoebe Davies, Nether Stowey Primary School


“Book it - it's really informative and fun (and free!)”
Clare Rice, Chewton Mendip VA Primary School


Has your Somerset primary school not had a visit from our Schools Against Waste Programme yet? We’re aiming to bring the programme to every primary school in the county. Don’t miss the chance to book your school’s spot by the end of July.

To find out more visit To book call 01963 351350 or email

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