School is really going places with new minibus

At the minibus presentation: Back (from left) ' Colleen Ettteridge, of Variety, pupils Benjamin Pickering and Amber Amess, Kirsty Wilkins, of Tulip; Sue Hutchinson, of Garth School; front ' Jenny Rate, of Tulip subsidiary Dalehead and Garth School headteacher Darren Bland.
At the minibus presentation: Back (from left) ' Colleen Ettteridge, of Variety, pupils Benjamin Pickering and Amber Amess, Kirsty Wilkins, of Tulip; Sue Hutchinson, of Garth School; front ' Jenny Rate, of Tulip subsidiary Dalehead and Garth School headteacher Darren Bland.
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A BRAND new minibus presented to a Spalding special school last week will make a “massive” difference to the pupils.

The £35,000 Sunshine Coach for The Garth School in Pinchbeck Road will enable students to take part in educational and recreational trips, to transport the post-16 pupils to college and for the after-school club.

The children’s charity Variety helps fundraise for projects like this and worked with food firm and pork producer Tulips to add £20,000 to the £15,000 which the school raised.

Tulip and Variety representatives presented headteacher Daran Bland with the keys to the 17-seater vehicle on Wednesday.

Mr Bland said: “This vehicle is going to help us massively.”

After the presentation, Mr Bland and students gave visitors a tour of the school, which caters for 42 children aged four to19 with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties including autism, epilepsy, visual impairment, Down’s syndrome, global delay and cerebral palsy.