A SPECIAL education school in Catshill has received a new minibus from a disabled sports charity.

Chadsgrove School has secured a new 16 seat wheelchair accessible minibus thanks to The Lord’s Taverners.

The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity and supports those who are disadvantaged and disabled.

The funding was made possible by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery as while playing for cash prizes, participants also raise money for charities including The Lord Taverners.

Chadsgrove School Headteacher, Deb Rattley, said: “We are so incredibly grateful to the Lord’s Taverners for our wonderful new minibus! At Chadsgrove we are passionate about maximising the independence for all our pupils and having a minibus to enable our children to access the community is vital for this.”

Chadsgrove is a Special School which caters for pupils aged two to 19 years old whose special educational needs come from their physical disability or a complex health need.

Deb added: “The children have all had the opportunity to go inside the bus which they absolutely loved and they can’t wait for the restrictions to ease so that they can move off the car park! We will soon be able to resume our College access programme and other community experiences to enhance the life skills for our pupils and the bus will be much used and in high demand! A huge thank you from the Chadsgrove community to the Lord’s Taverners!"

The minibus will enable students to get out in the local community and learn essential skills for independent living.

Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has given over 1,200 accessible minibuses to schools across the UK.