Tollbar MAT Students And Younger Pupils Unite For Annual Beachwatch Survey

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Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College students and staff, and Reynolds Academy pupils work together for Beachwatch at Cleethorpes seafront.

Students and younger pupils from Tollbar Multi Academy Trust came together to collect more than 50kg of litter along a 100m stretch of Cleethorpes Beach.

Thirty two Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College students and 15 Reynolds Academy pupils were joined by members of staff for the annual Marine Conservation Society Beachwatch survey.

The Sixth Form students have been taking part in the event every year for more than a decade, giving them an opportunity to make a contribution towards a piece of scientific research and gain valuable enrichment experience. They have been joined for the last few years by pupils from Reynolds Academy, as both schools are members of TMAT. This gives the older students the chance to mentor the younger ones and work together on a project which improves their local environment.

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Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College students, Jasmine Montgomery, Taylor Atkin and Ellie Booth, cleaning up the beach at Cleethorpes.

The MCS survey brings together up to 10,000 people across the UK to clean and survey at least 400 beaches for litter during one weekend in September. A record of all waste items is carefully collated to help the MCS build a picture of the health of the UK's seas, shoreline and marine wildlife.

Chrissie Hook, Head of Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College, said: "The data will be submitted to the MCS who will publish its annual survey early in 2018. The data collected by our students over many years is beginning to form incredibly useful evidence for the MCS in their work lobbying for action over marine conservation.

"As with every year, our Sixth Formers demonstrated what makes them special, by giving up their own time to contribute to a vital community-led initiative. We hope that in doing so they have also gained useful voluntary experience, especially in acting as role models for the younger students at Reynolds Academy who worked really hard alongside them."

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Reynolds Academy pupils who helped to clean up Cleethorpes Beach.

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