Becoming an animal-friendly school


What aspects of our school life might be causing a problem for animals?

Boy putting up bird nest box © Andrew Forsyth/RSPCA Photolibrary


  • litter
  • transportation to and from school: how many pupils travel by car?
  • how many animals are killed or injured in road traffic accidents?
  • cleaning products used: have these been tested on animals?
  • food: is it sourced from animals that have a good quality of life?
  • school grounds: are these a safe haven for animals or a no-go area?

Find out

How can we improve the situation?

  • Litter: produce less waste and recycle more
  • Transportation to and from school: alternatives to cars
  • Cleaning products: what products are available that are not tested on animals? How much do these cost?
  • Food: What assurance schemes exist? Do they all offer the same benefits to animals? How easy are they to source?
  • School grounds: are these a safe haven for animals or a no-go area?

Conduct a survey

What changes does everyone want to make?

  • How will you ensure that everyone understands the options available?

Take action

Start to become an animal-friendly school

  • How will we organise the changes we want to make?
  • Who can help us, e.g. local businesses or other schools?
  • Do some of the changes cost money? How will we raise this?
  • Do we need to seek permission for some of our ideas?
  • How will we know whether the changes have been successful?


How successful were we at making a difference to the problems?

  • What worked well?
  • What would we do differently?
  • Is there anything else we need to do?
  • Do we need to repeat what we have done again, e.g. every six months?

Download a PDF information sheet of these ideas (PDF 88KB).