Three Ways School has launched an online appeal to buy a new people carrier. The Bath-based school’s people carrier finally stopped working over the summer of 2019. It was used several times a day to take the young people on local community visits, horse riding sessions to support physiotherapy targets, work experience, outdoor learning, sports fixtures and for enrichment experiences.
“We now need to raise £15,000 to buy a new people carrier with seven or nine seats and anything you can donate to help would be amazing,” explained Lucy Beattie from Three Ways.
“Recent research has shown that disadvantaged children are three times more likely to be missing out on out-of-school activities and extra-curricular activities, particularly music and sport. At Three Ways we ensure that all children, whatever their ability or disability, have access to a huge range of activities in the local and wider community.
“Three Ways School is a Special Needs Academy in Bath and NE Somerset offering a unique, stimulating learning environment to 220 pupils aged 4-19, with learning difficulties and disabilities. At Three Ways School we’re making a difference to young people with learning difficulties and disabilities every day and need the support of our local community to continue to develop these opportunities further.
“Our students receive personalised care and support throughout the school day but it can sometimes be challenging for them to access community facilities, resources and activities. The students at Three Ways need a higher level of specialist staff support to access activities and this makes the schools budget stretched in order to provide high level staffing whilst continuing to provide a broad range of learning activities.
“We receive government funding for core curriculum teaching, but that doesn’t cover ambitious extra projects. However, we are determined not to let that stand in our way of giving our pupils access to new experiences, to developing passions and hobbies, to being part of a team and giving parents and carers much needed care and respite – an opportunity this community deserve as much as any other school child.”