Welcome to the Somerset School Coastal Champions

Turn your school into a Coastal Champion! Work together and make positive changes that have big benefits for local nature, waterways and coastal environments.


Working in partnership with Somerset Wildlife Trust and Carymoor Environmental Trust, Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset have launched the Somerset School Coastal Championship!

Through this exciting campaign, we will be working closely with schools, sharing messages and actions with schools to include bathing water and marine litter issues in environmental education programmes.

There are lots of reasons for you to get involved! Through the Coastal Championship, you’ll find out why cleaner beaches and seas and thriving coastal ecosystems are important to local communities, clubs and schools in Somerset!

• Sometimes environmental issues and their long-term impact can be hard to see.

• We know that what we throw away, flush down the toilet and pour down our sinks can block drains and sewers allowing litter and sewage to enter the sea after heavy rainfall, reducing the cleanliness of our coastal waters and  impacting water quality.

• BUT by working together, we can all make a positive difference to the natural environment that surrounds us and supports us!

Find out more about how you can get your school involved in the Somerset School Coastal Championships below!  


How does the scheme work?

The three levels of the award are Ripple, Roller and Crest. Each level of the scheme should take about one school term to complete.

The actions are all quite straightforward (and the school may have already completed some of the actions points). By following the steps outlined on your personal action plan , you will receive accreditation to the Somerset School Coastal Champions league which includes certificates of achievement, window stickers, and promotion of your school’s efforts online, on social media and at events.

How To Get Involved

We will be launching the pilot for the scheme this year. To find out more and register to be involved, contact us at: litterfreesomerset@gmail.com.

  1. Sign Up To Become A Somerset Coastal Champion And Commit To The Core Principles: We’ll send you the Action Plan so that you can have a read through and start thinking about the areas of your school that you need to focus on.
  2. Identify Fellow Coastal Champions and Pick Your A Team: Hint…try to include a wide range of players in your team including teachers, school managers, PTA members, pupils and TAs.
  3. Set To Work: It’s time for some investigation – what does your school already do to protect the coastal environment and where could it do better?
  4. Its Action Time: Find your allies within the school, and work out how to achieve all of the different challenges on your action plans. Set yourself a timeline so that you have milestones to work towards (hint…try to achieve one level per term).
  5. Actions speak louder than words: Lead by example and celebrate what you are achieving within your community. Share your stories within the school, friends, families. Pass the baton and inspire other schools to get involved by sharing the changes that you have made. Tweet your success stories using the hashtag #SomersetCoastalChampions

Your Schools Portal: Dropbox

Dropbox is your school’s portal to upload evidence for completed actions for each level of the award, and to see suggestions for what evidence you can use.

Who’s On Board?

We current have three schools involved in the pilot scheme. They are:

  • Northgate Primary School
  • Otterhampton Primary School
  • Dunster First School

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Top tips from our project partners will be shown here to help you achieve all your levels.

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Northgate Primary School
Signed Up: 26th April 2021
Current Level: Ripple
Otterhampton Primary School
Signed Up: 26th April 2021
Current Level: Ripple
Dunster First School
Signed Up: 26th April 2021
Current Level: Ripple

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