Site Staff Welcome New Minibus To Help Disabled Students

The Site Staff at Grace Academy Darlaston are celebrating the arrival of a new Minibus Lite, worth £30,000, which will give permanently disabled students greater opportunities to travel with their friends on Academy outings.
The Site Staff at Grace Academy Darlaston are celebrating the arrival of a new Minibus Lite, worth £30,000, which will give permanently disabled students greater opportunities to travel with their friends on Academy outings.

The sixteen seat Minibus Lite is more comfortable, economical, and lighter than the Academy’s previous Yellow Bus which they have used since 2003, and Andy Burns, Group Facilities Manager at Grace Academy Foundation, said:

“With the old minibus we could only carry students who were ‘ambulant disabled’ and who could get on and off the bus by themselves. One of the great benefits of the new minibus is that it has a mechanism to carry at least one wheelchair. This means that our disabled students don’t have to take a taxi, with space for a wheelchair, on Academy trips and be separated from their friends on the journey.”

Speaking about the benefits for the wider school community Phil Miles, Vice Principal for Ethos and Values, Grace Academy Darlaston, said:

“The minibus is extensively used to take students to sporting fixtures and to events across the West Midlands. We are delighted to have a new Minibus which will allow our students to take part in even more exciting experiences that enhance their education with us at Grace Academy Darlaston.”