Fakenham Academy Norfolk completed a series of the beach cleans between 23rd July 2019 and 25th July 2019, taking place at Cromer, Mundesley and Overstand on the north Norfolk coast. These were whole school activities as part of the school’s Curriculum Enrichment Week. The events supported the delivery of the ‘Social’ element of statutory SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) education. The events followed on from the interest raised by students on the use of single-use plastics. The aim was to engage students with their local community and environment, in order to promote and sustain responsible attitudes to preserve our fragile natural environment from the use of single-use plastics.
The beach cleans followed the Marine Conservation Society Beachwatch beach clean and survey scheme, including the sharing nationally of the results of these surveys. Lessons were delivered in school on the impact of single-use plastics in the environment prior to the event, with the beach clean events being followed up by whole school initiatives to promote recycling scheme.
These activities were supported by North Norfolk District Council, who lent litter picking equipment for these days together with a grant from the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund who paid for the cost of bus transport.