At St Mary's we have an Eco Council run by a number of our children.  They usually meet once a term to discuss important ecological issues and how they directly affect us.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eco council suspended their meetings, but have continued to be involved in Eco matters! 

One such whole school project has been Earth Shot, promoted by Sir David Attenborough and Prince William.  To find out more, see here.

In October 2020, Sir David Attenborough and Prince William launched the Earthshot prize.

This is a prestigious environmental prize designed to incentivise change and repair our planet over the next 10 years. It is focused on the following areas: building a waste free world, protecting and restoring nature, reviving oceans, cleaning the air and fixing the climate.

St Mary’s took part in this project and Mrs Nicklin asked all of our pupils - from Nursery to Year 6 - to complete a piece of homework over the October 2020 half term period based on ways we can reduce our impact and help to heal our planet. Some simple ideas of what children could produce for their homework are below, but we wanted the children to be as creative and innovative as possible when completing this task.

  • Make a list of promises that you are going to do to help nature
  • Design a poster with ways to look after our planet
  • Make something useful out of things that they would usually throw away
  • Design a tool to help us recycle better or catch waste in the ocean
  • Investigate eco, vegan and cruelty free cosmetic and cleaning products
  • Making a list of what we can reduce using to reduce our impact
  • Research better eco substitutes

See the wonderful display of entries below!


Mrs Nicklin was so impressed by the high standard of entries that she decided to give the whole school a well done prize.  After consulting with all the children, St Mary's has decided to adopt a Tiger with the World Wildlife Fund!

Please find below details of letters and other activities the Council have been involved with.

Eco Council