Blackpool school kids ‘could miss out’ on Scotland trip after minibus theft

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Staining CE Primary School has had to use alternative transport to take the pupils to their swimming lessons

 

Staining CE Primary School had their minibus had their minibus stolen from school premises on September 23
Staining CE Primary School had their minibus had their minibus stolen from school premises on September 23

A primary school near Blackpool has had its minibus stolen meaning pupils are left missing out on ‘integral’ school trips.

Staining CE Primary School had their minibus, donated from Lancashire County Council, stolen from the school premises last Thursday, September 23, at approximately 11pm.

In a letter sent out by the school to parents and carers, headteacher Jennifer Shoulders, explained that the theft could result in the cancellation of some ‘exciting’ trips away – including a residential to Scotland.

“We have absolutely no idea who would want to take the minibus – it is branded with our school logo all over and is therefore quite distinctive,” she said.

“It is such a shame – we have worked hard to be in the unique position of being a primary school with a minibus and we have built an exciting new curriculum around it.”

The school had lots of trips lined up for pupils, including a year 6 residential visit to Lockerbie Manor Activity Centre in Scotland. They had also used the minibus for swimming lessons at Poulton Leisure Centre, ‘adventurous activities and visits’ that could only take place with the transport of the minibus.

Mrs Shoulders wrote: “It is incredibly expensive to use coaches etc. for such frequent experiences and so the minibus has become an integral part of life at Staining. We use the minibus all the time and so now, unfortunately, we are in danger of the children missing out – something we are not willing to let happen.”

The Ford Transit 17 seater minibus was stolen from the school premises on Thursday September 23 at approximately 11pm
The Ford Transit 17 seater minibus was stolen from the school premises on Thursday September 23 at approximately 11pm

Mrs Shoulders assured parents and carers that they ‘will do everything’ they can do get the minibus back, but in the meantime had asked ‘parent volunteers to help shuttle children to local events so the children can still take part.’

The school are looking into ‘how to get a replacement bus (physically and financially) as quickly as possible and with as little disruption to the curriculum as possible.’

Mrs Shoulders wrote: “We are still in shock that someone would do such a thing to a primary school.”

Since the minibus was stolen Bonnie Montgomery, School Business Manager, has started a fundraiser to replace the ‘vital resource’ for the children.

Bonnie said: “This is an integral part of the school life and it is such a shame – we have worked hard to be in the unique position of being a primary school with a minibus and we have built an exciting new curriculum around it. We use the minibus all the time and so now, unfortunately, we are in danger of the children missing out.”

Bonnie told LancsLive that Boundary Primary School on Dinmore Avenue, Blackpool, had “very kindly loaned their bus” for two days this week, so pupils can continue their climbing and swimming lessons.

“The response so far has been good considering it was only set up on Tuesday, we need to start looking at what we need to do going forward.”

You can donate to the fundraiser here.