A DORCHESTER school has been put on a shortlist for a national award, recognising its students' dedication to fighting plastic pollution.

The Surfers Against Sewage has announced that Damers First School has been shortlisted for School Champion in the charity's awards.

Damers First School’s submission included winning four awards in the Young Enterprise Fiver Challenge last year, launching Refill Dorchester and signing up 25 businesses in one afternoon, leading a campaign to make Dorchester single-use plastic free.

This was achieved in July, making Dorchester only the third location in Dorset and the 67th location in the UK.

Edd Moore, Eco Coordinator and teacher at Damers, said: "We are so overwhelmed to have been shortlisted for the Surfers Against Sewage Awards.

"The children have been leading their plastic campaign for over two years with so much passion and enthusiasm.

"This is a significant recognition of the school’s work in this area and one which our whole community should feel incredibly proud of."

The children have signed up 84 businesses to remove at least three single-use plastics, as well as inspire other schools to work towards becoming a Plastic Free School.

They also got community organisations onboard to support their work too and inspired the local community to recycle items that you cannot recycle at the curb side.

Some children even went to Westminster to meet the then Environment Secretary Michael Gove to discuss the importance of an ‘all in’ system for the Deposit Recycle Scheme with support from Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and Litter Free Dorset amongst other important sustainable initiatives.

Surfers Against Sewage received 850 nominations for the ten awards.

The shortlists for each award were decided by an all star judging panel that included broadcaster Ben Fogle, Surfers Against Sewage CEO Hugo Tagholm, double Olympic champion Helen Glover, BBC presenters Gillian Burke and Liz Bonnin, One Show presenter Lucy Siegle, and CEO of Iceland supermarkets Richard Walker.

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony on Thursday, November 21 at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.