Wirral school wins big at Chester Zoo’s Conservation School Awards






A school in Wirral won big at the 2023 Chester Zoo Conservation School Awards. The ceremony celebrates conservation projects created during the academic year and the innovation that schools have displayed when educating students about the subject. St John Plessington Catholic College, based in Bebington, was awarded with the prestigious 2023 Outstanding Conservation School – Secondary School. This achievement is the result of how the school embeds conservation throughout its curriculum, with various educational projects exploring and conveying the importance of conservation and sustainability. In particular, St John Plessington was recognised by Chester Zoo for the clear voice that students hold. Members of the school’s Junior Leadership Team work with students from the Eco Club and SJP Farm Club to raise awareness of environmental issues. Together, they have demonstrated natural leadership and public speaking skills through speaking at an array of events and ensured that their voice is heard, especially regarding conservation. Extracurricular clubs at the school get involved with a variety of campaigns. The groups also support the development and upkeep of St John Plessington’s very own polytunnel which grows fresh produce, creating areas to promote biodiversity on school grounds. Headteacher of St John Plessington Catholic College, Peadar McLoughlin, said: “We are thrilled to have been honoured with the 2023 Outstanding Conservation School – Secondary School award in recognition of our curriculum and the efforts of our fantastic students. Their passion for conservation and the work they have done to raise awareness about this at school and within the local community is inspiring.” Andy Moor, CEO of Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust, commented: “As a trust, we are dedicated to inspiring and transforming the lives of our students. “Congratulations to St John Plessington Catholic College for winning 2023 Outstanding Conservation School – Secondary School.”