Minibuses make maximum difference to students

This year Alton College students will benefit from two new minibuses provided by generous donations from The Grace Atkinson Trust earlier this year and more recently the Variety Club. 

The College welcomes a diverse range of post-16 year old learners from over 80 different schools across four counties offering a range of courses from A Levels, BTECs/CTECs, and Foundation Degrees to Foundation Learning. Inclusivity is at the core of the College’s mission to provide high-quality education and training in a supportive and challenging environment, enabling young people to achieve their potential. 

The College was able to buy one minibus following a generous donation of £30,000 from the Alton College Foundation and the Grace Atkinson Will Trust. The minibus to enable students to attend trips and sporting fixtures and was recently delivered and gratefully received by the Principal Sara Russell, Gideon Cristofoli from the Grace Atkinson Will Trust, Trevor Heley, Managing Director of the Alton College Foundation and a selection of students who will benefit from the bus. Principal Sara Russell said: 'I'd like to express our sincere thanks to the Alton College Foundation and the Grace Atkinson Will Trust for the donation which has enabled us to us purchase a new minibus and enhance students experiences at Alton College'.

Photo left to right - Gideon Cristofoli (Trustee of the Grace Atkinson Will Trust) Sara Russell (Principal, Alton College) Chloe Larby, Fawziyyah Hamid, Gabby Kelly, Nathan Ward, Trevor Heley (Managing Director of the Alton College Foundation) Peter Wilson (Director of the Alton College Foundation) 

The College received a second minibus thanks to the generosity of The Variety Club. The new specially adapted Sunshine Coach Minibus will be used every day to transport young people with disabilities to and from learning activities, such as independent living at Treloar College and horticultural lessons in the local parks and gardens with the Town Council. Student will be able to travel to work experience placements more easily and take part in Community Education which will help them make a smooth transition into adult life. It will also provide young people with an opportunity to travel with the rest of their class and participate actively in College trips and activities. 

The College has an outstanding Skills For Learning Department supporting students studying on courses ranging from entry Level 1 to Foundation Degrees. There are also 84 students with disabilities from nearby Treloar College and who study in various departments. Several students who use wheelchairs for mobility and the Variety Minibus will directly benefit these students. 

Paul Edwards, Deputy Principal said: ‘The new Variety Club minibus will make such a difference to these students. It will enable them to take part in many new and different activities over many years in the future. Thank you to the Variety Club for their generous donation’.

To read more about the donation and the Grace Atkinson Will Trust, see here