One year on | Critchill School
One year ago, Critchill School in Frome, Somerset received a brand-new Lord’s Taverners minibus, which replaced their existing minibus that had served them well for many years but was no longer roadworthy. With student numbers increasing, the need for specialist transport for their pupils, many of whom are wheelchair users, was vital to allow the school to offer a wide range of offsite learning opportunities.
We caught up with Elaine Shobbrook, Business Manager for Critchill School, who explained the impact the minibus has had on one particular pupil, who the school have asked remain anonymous:
“He has significant physical needs and is fully wheelchair reliant. Without a wheelchair accessible bus, he would miss out on valuable learning and enriching opportunities. He uses a transport bus each week to take him to and from horse riding stables. During this weekly session, he gets to ride on a pony which helps build his strength and confidence.
“He also uses a bus to take him off-site to visit the local woodlands or day trips to Longleat safari park. It is these types experiences that he holds most dear and are only possible as a result of the wheelchair accessible Lord’s Taverners bus that takes him there.
“For our students with physical needs this resource has made a huge difference to the activities they can access. We are extremely grateful to Lord Taverners for their valuable support.”
Critchill School provides a calm and aspirational learning environment for 50 pupils aged 4-19, all of whom have statement of educational needs. The school educates pupils who have a range complex and multiple learning difficulties in a safe and engaging environment.
This minibus, presented last July, was 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 Critchill School.
Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has placed over 1,200 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.