Now it's all aboard the reading bus

June 22 2022

Stanbridge Primary School children on board the school's reading bus

Stanbridge Primary School children on board the school's reading bus

CHILDREN at a Downend primary school have been queuing up to get on a bus that has arrived on the school field.

It isn't going anywhere and is not a place to play – instead the old single-decker has been transformed into a comfortable reading space for Stanbridge Primary School pupils.

The school in Stanbridge Road started looking for a new space after children said they wanted a quiet place to read during their play times.

With help from the school's parent teacher association, the school found a bus which has been refurbished to provide comfortable seating, book shelves and decorations.

Local graffiti artists Conrico Steez and RAW gave the outside of the bus a makeover.

Deputy head teacher David Payne said: "The first day we opened the bus, I spotted 30 children – books in hand – running across the field, desperate to get a spot on the reading bus.

"It was a marvellous sight.”

School reading lead James Baker said: "We strongly believe that becoming fluent, passionate, lifelong readers is one of the most important things our children can gain from their time with us.

"We are really looking forward to the bus helping to promote reading this next academic year. The children are already loving it!'