MP's Letter of Acknowledgement to The Bishop's CE Primary Academy

April 30, 2021

The Bishop’s Church of England Primary Academy in Thetford has been working with Community Sports Foundation, part of Norwich City FC who have been educating Year 5 on the effects of plastic usage on the world’s oceans. The pupils wrote letters to their local MP, designed posters and wrote a Haiku.

The letters addressed to their local MP, Elizabeth Truss, were to question what the UK government are doing to put an end to this global issue.

Chris Read, Interim Headteacher of The Bishop’s Church of England Primary Academy said: “Year 5 were thrilled to receive a response from Elizabeth Truss MP, that outlined the UK Government response to this issue. It is important to show children how they can make their voices heard on topics they feel strongly about.”

Alfie, a Year 5 pupil said: “At first I was nervous because it felt odd writing to the Government. When the envelope arrived with ‘House of Commons’ on it I was really excited! We had learnt about Marcus Rashford and how he had made a difference to the government’s free school meals, so I was inspired to see how the Government responded to our concerns about plastic pollution.”

Oliver Burwood, CEO of Diocese of Norwich Education Academies Trust (DNEAT) said: “Teaching pupils about the effects of plastic waste and pollution on our environment is key to ensuring they understand the impact we are having on our planet. We are delighted they received such a detailed response back to their letters from Elizabeth Truss MP.”