One year on | Tor View School
One year ago, Tor View school in Lancashire received a brand new Lord’s Taverners minibus, which replaced their existing minibus that served them well for many years and had over 150,000 miles on the clock. This bus is now being used sparingly for short distance and local trips, whilst the new specially adapted minibus has become the mainstay of their fleet.
Tor View is a thriving school community, providing an outstanding education for children and young adults with a broad spectrum of learning difficulties, ranging from moderate to profound and multiple needs. They’re very excited about their future prospects, embracing plans for growth, including providing support to nursery children and College aged students.
During term time the minibus helps pupils get access to activities such as swimming lessons at the neighboring pool, local educational visits and residential trips further afield. It’s also used during periods of school closure to support the school’s PlayScheme, a holiday club which is open to both their own school community and other children with disabilities living in the local area. These clubs provide children with the opportunity to access trips such as horse riding, bowling, skiing and visits to the local animal sanctuary.
A spokesperson for Tor View had this to say about the contribution that the Lord’s Taverners has made to the school: “Without access to the minibus our Further Education curriculum would become redundant. We rely on being able to go out of college and access the community, leisure services and work experience placements. Having an additional bus has greatly improved our ability to extend the offering to our young people. We access lots of towns in our local community, together with a variety of different sports and leisure opportunities. We are extremely grateful for the positive difference that this accessible bus has made to our school.”
Nikki Wilby, Business Manager at Tor View added: “The impact of the new bus has been far reaching; it provides essential daily transport and yet supports with so many other events. These activities provide unique experiences for all concerned, together with offering much needed respite for families and carers. It is true to say that the accessible minibus has made an enormous difference to so many people, both at Tor View and in the local community, and we remain extremely grateful to Lord’s Taverners for their generosity.”
Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has placed over 1,150 accessible minibuses across schools in the UK. The iconic green 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.
To find out more about the Lord’ Taverners minibus programme, click here.