Bath youngsters benefit from new Lord's Taverners minibus

5th Oct 2017
Bath youngsters benefit from new Lord's Taverners minibus

Representatives of the Lord’s Taverners were in Bath last month (25 September) to present staff and pupils at Three Ways School with a new specially adapted minibus, which has been made possible thanks to the support of Pen Partnership.

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.

Three Ways School is an Academy Trust, operating as a generic Community Special School. The school provides for 214 children with a wide range of physical and sensory special educational needs aged 4-19 years old.

The new 16-seat minibus will make a huge difference to the Three Ways students as it will enable them to get out and about in the local community in a safe and secure way whilst experiencing other learning environments and practicing engaging and interacting with people locally.

Amelia Hartley, Business Manager at Three Ways School said: “We are very grateful to the Lord’s Taverners, Pen Partnership and the schools’ Parent Teachers’ Association for their help in putting this bus on the road. For us, this bus is invaluable for students to get out and about to enjoy sporting activities and also develop their life skills. Our pupils have a varying degree of special needs and cannot use public transport so this bus will make a huge difference.”

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 the pupils to get out and enjoy new places and experiences in Bath. We are proud to support the staff, parents and young people of Three Ways School.”

Austen Hancock of Pen Partnership, a management consulting business, said: “We set up our charitable trust, the Pen Trust, as a means of giving something back to young people and communities.  Three of our employees and their families live in Bath and have an association with the school so we are delighted to be able to help with the minibus. It’s an incredible school and we are really impressed with the work they do. Coming here has really opened our eyes to not only how the schools operate, but also how having good transportation and the difference the minibuses can make.”

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