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Young pupils have a wheelie good time learning about driving buses

23 Jun 2015


Almost 200 pupils from Sea View Primary School in South Shields became bus drivers for the day as they learned all about buses past and present from Stagecoach North East as part of Careers Week.

The pupils, ranging from four to six years old, were treated to a visit by South Shields bus depot Operations Manager, Brian Sleightholme and conductor Barry Dobson, who talked to the youngsters about how buses have changed and how technology has played a part.

In keeping with the theme, the local bus operator brought along an old-style traditional bus and the latest modern version, which the youngsters could explore. With over 50 years experience in the bus industry, Barry dressed up in an old –style conductor’s uniform to play the part and helped the children learn about the differences between the vintage and the newer buses.

The class were also treated to goody bags from the bus company and enjoyed learning about the differences on old style and new buses, even getting a chance to sit in the driving seat!

Five-year old Amy, a pupil at the school, said: “I loved seeing the buses and when I grow up I want to be a bus driver. I liked sitting on the driver’s seat and holding the big steering wheel.”

Nicola Morton, Reception Teacher, said: "The children enjoyed the experience and had fun exploring the vintage bus and comparing it to the new bus. Our thanks go to Stagecoach for taking part in our careers week and giving the children an insight into both old and new.”

Brian Sleightholme, Operations Manager at the South Shields depot, said: “We enjoyed talking to the pupils and hope they enjoyed learning about the different buses. We hope that they had a good time and even consider the bus industry as a full time career later down the line, becoming our future vehicle engineers, drivers, commercial managers and duty managers.”

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In the picture: (L to R): Darryl, Evie and Jake (all 6), pupils at Sea View Primary School with conductor Barry Dobson