Primary school in Cawston drives in new classroom for pupils

Cawston primary school have a new blue double decker bus which will be transformed into a play, lear

Cawston primary school have a new blue double decker bus which will be transformed into a play, learning area with a library and tables. Which was bought by members of the Friends of Cawston school. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Children at Cawston Primary School have received a new, four-wheeled addition to learn in.

Cawston primary school have a new blue double decker bus which will be transformed into a play, lear

Cawston primary school have a new blue double decker bus which will be transformed into a play, learning area with a library and tables. Which was bought by members of the Friends of Cawston school. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Driven into the school on Thursday was a blue double decker school bus which will be transformed into a new outdoor learning space.

The downstairs will be turned into a play area with a library built in and upstairs will be home to a seated learning resource area with tables.

With a limit of £2,000 to spend, the school heard of a bus for sale at an auction in Wymondham and after one bid they won it.

Head teacher Kay Swann said: 'We have a 'learning outside classroom' gold award so we do a lot outside. Sharon Brett who leads this said a bus would be a good project so we decided to go for it.'

The bus is part of a revamped play area next to the school which will be for all weather and have an adventure playground.

For two years, the group Friends of Cawston Primary School have been devoting their time to fundraising for the bus and play area.

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After consulting with the children and owing to its blue colour, the school has decided to name the bus the Sky Learning Bus and paint it with clouds and rainbows.

Mrs Swann added that the children were very surprised and pleased when they saw the bus and said 'Oh we have a bus!'.

Heidi Hobday, vice chairman of Friends of Cawston Primary, said: 'It's so nice and amazing, it brings you all together. It's thanks to all those who have helped fund raise over the last few years, the current and old friends committee have worked so hard.

'It's nice to spend the money on something worth while and important for the children. The kids are so excited and we have had lots of positive feedback from people.'

Mrs Hobday has two children who go to the school, Sydney, five and Myah, six and Laura Apps-Green, the chairman, has son Arthur, six.

She added: 'They cannot wait until it's done, it is a project for all to get involved with and they just want to get in there and start learning.'

The school is aiming to get the bus and playground ready for autumn this year.

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