Portsmouth youngsters benefit from new minibus

30th May 2017
Portsmouth youngsters benefit from new minibus

Pupils at Redwood Park Academy in Cosham, Portsmouth, have been given a transport lifeline after receiving a new accessible minibus thanks to the Lord’s Taverners and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has placed over 1,150 accessible minibuses across schools in the UK. The iconic Lord’s Taverners minibuses provide disadvantaged and disabled young people with the chance to engage with their local community by getting more access to the facilities on offer and build important life skills in the process.

Redwood Park Academy provides education to nearly 140 learners aged 11-16 who have complex learning needs, many of whom have autism. The school is a specialist resource for Portsmouth and all pupils have an Education, Health and Care Plan or a statement of educational need.

he new 16-seat wheelchair accessible minibus will be used to take pupils on field trips in the local area and beyond as well as taking pupils in Year 10 and 11 to college placements and work experience.

This minibus has been made possible thanks to the support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL). Players of PPL play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally, and their support of the Lord’s Taverners has helped provide the new minibus for Redwood Park Academy.

Alison Beane, Executive Headteacher at Redwood Park Academy, said: “The pupils and staff at Redwood Park Academy are absolutely delighted to be presented with this mini bus. Our whole school curriculum focuses on active, creative and practical learning with as much time spent out in the community as possible and for this to take place we need to be able to transport groups of pupils safely to the various venues. We would all like to thank Lord’s Taverners for their support and we look forward to making the most of the opportunities that having a new mini bus brings.”

Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord's Taverners believes that sport and recreation are essential for all young people, regardless of ability or background. This minibus will help Redwood Park School pupils to get out and enjoy new places and experiences in Cosham. We are proud to support the staff, parents and young people of Redwood Park School and thank PPL for their continued support.”

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