School thrilled with new mini-bus

WHEELIE HAPPY: Teachers and pupils at Hillside Special School show off the new mini-bus.
WHEELIE HAPPY: Teachers and pupils at Hillside Special School show off the new mini-bus.

PUPILS at a school for children with learning difficulties have been celebrating the arrival of a new mini-bus.

Hillside Special School in Sudbury was presented with its Sunshine Coach by the Variety Club – a charity which raises funds for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.

The 13-seater mini-bus replaces the school’s old vehicle and has been especially adapted for the children.

Headteacher Sue Upton said: “We are absolutely thrilled with our new Sunshine Coach.

“It has a tail lift for wheelchairs, so everybody can use it.

“It is so important for our pupils with learning and physical difficulties to get out and about in the community.”

Mrs Upton, who has been at the school for six years, said the mini-bus would be used to take pupils swimming, to sports events and visits to the theatre.

“The list is endless,” she said. “The youngsters get enormous enjoyment from school trips and this opens up so many opportunities for learning outside of the classroom.

“The old bus was very well used and we really appreciate the support of the Variety Club.”