Thanks to the generosity of Variety – The Children’s Charity, The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation and of course, the Governors of Commonweal School in Old Town, the students and staff in the Specialist Resource Provision for students with a Physical Disability will be able to enjoy the specially adapted thirteen seater minibus after its formal presentation on 23 May 23.
For over twenty five years Commonweal has provided a specialist provision within the school for students who have a range of physical disabilities.
There is a modern, well equipped base in which the students physical needs can be supported – enabling them full access to the curriculum we offer for all our students. A minibus with a tail lift, appropriate floor tracking systems for the specialist seat / lap belt systems and the ability to easily remove seats to enable a number of wheelchair users on to the bus at one time is an essential piece of equipment the local authority is unable to provide – without it all school trips and activities would involve extra costs for specialist coaches, limiting the range and number of times our students could go on trips open to all able bodied students in the school.
With the generosity of the school, and the support of charities such as Variety – the Children’s Charity and sponsors such as The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation we are now able to replace our old, well used minibus with a brand new minibus suitable for meeting the ever changing transport needs our students have.
Taking students to the hydrotherapy pool every week, school Art trips to Avebury, Geography trips to the River Cole, History tours of the World War I battlefields in France, residential trips to the National Games for the Disabled at Stoke Mandeville, sports activity Access Days at the Link Centre and County Ground, theatre and musical trips to London shows, plus a million and one other events that need specialist transport – now available in the shape of a gleaming new minibus – just for the students – with their friends – in the PI SRP to use.
The students themselves are very excited by the arrival of the new minibus, “amazing” – “brilliant” – “it’s great that we can take part in activities alongside our friends” are comments they have made over the past days. Hopefully the sun will shine on the presentation of the new bus, as well as on the many trips and activities it will see over its coming life time at Commonweal.