Cleaswell Hill School caters to pupils aged 4-18 years old who have a range of complex learning difficulties and disabilities, including additional physical, medical, sensory, communication or emotional needs.

With guidance, support, and specialised learning tailored to each pupil’s individual need, Cleaswell Hill School helps pupils reach their full potential and prepare for adult life.

The school has previously received two Sunshine Coaches from Variety, the Children’s Charity, which are used daily to take groups of children to educational visits, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, residential trips, and work experiences. With such high demand for the coaches, there were often long waiting times, limiting the pupils’ opportunities to access essential provisions on a regular basis, particularly for pupils who use a wheelchair and need fully accessible transport.

Headteacher Mike Jackson with students of Cleaswell Hill School by the new Sunshine Coach

Thanks to the generosity of St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation, Cleaswell Hill School’s dreams have come true. With their new Sunshine Coach, more pupils will have the opportunity to continue their learning outside the classroom and develop their confidence and social skills.

The latest coach donation is the 47th St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation has made over 10 years of supporting Variety, the Children’s Charity.

The school was joined by Mark Beverley, SJP Partner and a St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation local Representative, who presented the new coach to staff and pupils. There were plenty of smiles and laughter as they celebrated their new addition to the school.

Mark Beverley on behalf of the St. James’ Place Charitable Foundation said:

On behalf of the Charitable Foundation we are delighted to be supporting the delivery of another Sunshine Coach. We really value the partnership with Variety and it’s fantastic to see the difference these coaches have made over the years and will continue to do for the students of Cleaswell Hill School. These coaches are making a real and lasting difference on their school life and broadening the students opportunities for the future.

As a representative for the Foundation, it is a real privilege to be able to present this Sunshine Coach, knowing the significant benefit this will provide the school.