Smiley Bus Delivered – With A Stowaway On Board!

Abbot’s Lea School will now be travelling around in style after receiving a brand new Smiley Bus, courtesy of the Steve Morgan Foundation.

The Woolton-based specialist school reached out to the foundation as their vehicle fleet had become dated and insufficient.

The Steve Morgan Foundation offers support to charities, organisations and community groups in the North West. It was set up by Steve Morgan CBE, founder and Chairman of Redrow, one of the UK’s most successful housebuilders.

The school has previously welcomed a visit from Steve himself, who was given a tour of Abbot’s Lea and found out more about its vision of becoming the best specialist school in the world.

The bus arrived with an unexpected stowaway; a teddy bear. The students were invited to name it and majority vote went to an affectionate and literal name: Ted. The students of all ages, accompanied by Ted, will now travel on the bus to explore the many wonderful opportunities on offer in the local community.

Headteacher Mrs Ania Hildrey said: “We are over the moon to have received this fantastic bus from the Steve Morgan Foundation. The charity has helped so many organisations and schools in the area and we feel privileged to have been chosen.

“The bus will help us in so many ways but most of all, it will directly benefit hundreds of our students – current and future – in developing their knowledge and skills and providing them with invaluable learning in the community.”

Steve Morgan Foundation Trustee, Jonathan Masters, officially handed over the keys to the Smiley Bus.

He commented; “The Trustees were impressed by the school and were delighted to make this award. We are sure that both the Smiley Bus and Ted will be put to good use and enjoyed by the pupils for years to come.”

Woolton-based Abbot’s Lea School is an outstanding school that provides the highest quality of specialist education for students aged between three and 19 living with autism and a range of associated communication, interaction, social imagination, sensory and learning differences.


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