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All aboard the brightest classroom in Portsmouth

13 Jun 2019

Stagecoach South – the South East England bus operator – has handed over the keys of a London bus to St Jude’s Primary School in Portsmouth so they can convert into a one-of-a-kind classroom.

The school children were delighted to receive the classic number 158 bus, which is now parked in their playground, as staff begin to raise money to convert it into a special new classroom space.

St Jude’s are hoping to work with Portsmouth University design students to create an interior for the new classroom, drawing on their expertise to make the most of the unusual learning space.

The biggest job facing teaching staff over the coming weeks will be raising the funds needed to develop an electricity supply that can power the classroom. In addition to asking for help from local businesses, they will be raising money by holding a school fundraising week, which will consist of dress-up days, competitions, and a variety of sponsored events.

Natalie Wilcox, Teacher at St Jude’s Primary School, said: “It will be such a thrill for the children to have lessons set in a real piece of British history. Providing innovative and exciting environments for them to learn is hugely important, and this bus is just the ticket. We would like to thank Stagecoach South for their kind donation, and hope that the rest of the community will help us raise the money needed to get it up and running – albeit in a stationary capacity!”

Stacey Churton, Marketing Manager at Stagecoach South, said: “We are thrilled to gift this iconic bus to St Jude’s. It is wonderful to see the children and teachers so excited at the prospect of turning it into such a unique learning space. We’d encourage businesses and the wider community to get behind the school’s fundraising campaign and deliver a great classroom for the children.”

Any businesses or individuals that would like to get involved in St Jude’s fundraising effort should contact the school for further information.