Final stop for the bus that will become a classroom

William Calligan, Lauren Conroy and Demi Nelson and the old bus to be done up for a community learning centre at Old Earth School, Elland
William Calligan, Lauren Conroy and Demi Nelson and the old bus to be done up for a community learning centre at Old Earth School, Elland
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HERE’S one bus you might want to give a miss...but not for long.

Pupils at Old Earth Primary School, Elland, will transform the delapidated into an all-singing, all-dancing eco bus.

Made using recycled materials using money earned from selling interior fittings the school hopes to use at as a fully functional classroom space by Easter 2013.

Headteacher Paul Reynolds said the school opened 50sqm classrooms last year costing hundreds of thousands of pounds while this bus offers the same space for just £3,000.

“We have a massive eco focus at the school,” he said.

“The only money we will spend is money from scrap metal.

“We want to bring parents, grandparents, children and the communtiy at large together and help to make this bus something special.

“Two companies have already offered to put solar thermal panels and photovoltaic panels so we can heat and light it with renewable energy.”

Every pupil at the school has submitted their idea of what the bus could look like when it’s finished.

“One child wanted to make it a huge ball pool with a slide down from the top deck, others have wanted an observatory on the top deck and a science lab on the bottom,” said Mr Reynolds.

“The children will be doing a lot of the work which is a great experience for them.

“We are now appealing for members of the local community with skills, equipment or time to spare to help us transform it.”

If you can help call 01422 375 316.