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Norwich special school pupils celebrate donation of new minibus from charity

PUBLISHED: 09:36 30 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:36 30 March 2018

Lord Dannatt presents a new minibus to Eaton Hall Specialist Academy on behalf of Lord's Taveners Charity.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Lord Dannatt presents a new minibus to Eaton Hall Specialist Academy on behalf of Lord's Taveners Charity. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

Pupils at a Norwich special school will be able to enjoy outdoor learning and trips after the donation of a minibus.

Lord Dannatt presents a new minibus to Eaton Hall Specialist Academy on behalf of Lord's Taveners Charity.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYLord Dannatt presents a new minibus to Eaton Hall Specialist Academy on behalf of Lord's Taveners Charity. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Youngsters at Eaton Hall Specialist Academy were given the new bus by youth sport charity the Lord’s Taverners at a ceremony last week.

The new £53,000 bus will give the children vital transport for visits, residential field trips and off-site learning.

Headteacher Keith Bates said: “We’re thrilled to have the new bus. Our current one has done us proud but at nearly 14 years old it’s not suitable for the long distance trips we make to South Wales and the Lake District. “Our dream is to go on a skiing trip for the boys here. With the new bus, that becomes a possibility.”

The keys were presented to Valerie Moore, chief executive of the Right for Success Trust, which runs the academy, and Mr Bates, by Lord Richard Dannatt, an ambassador for the Lord’s Taverners.

Lord Dannatt presents a new minibus to Eaton Hall Specialist Academy on behalf of Lord's Taveners Charity.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYLord Dannatt presents a new minibus to Eaton Hall Specialist Academy on behalf of Lord's Taveners Charity. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Gary Towers, for the charity, said they believed in the importance of outdoor sport and recreational opportunities for young people.

“This minibus will help the Eaton Hall pupils to get out and enjoy new places and experiences,” he said. “We are proud to support the staff and young people of Eaton Hall Specialist Academy.”

Mrs Moore said the trust and school were “enormously grateful”.

The school, which has residential provision, educates 54 boys aged from five to 16 who have a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties which make learning in a mainstream setting difficult.

Many have experienced long-term difficulties in their lives outside school, the trust said.

The Lord’s Taveners will donate more than £4m this year to give disadvantaged young people with disabilities opportunities.

Since 1976 they have placed almost 1,200 accessible minibuses across UK schools, including at the Hall School, in Norwich, in 2016.

To find out more about their work, click here.

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