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Hartlepool teachers drive pupils to school in their cars after school bus breaks down

Home, please, sir: St Hild's teacher Grant Carswell, pictured with students (from left) Robyn McLeod, Bethany Hayhurst, Becca Johnson and Saffron Stabler, was among the members of staff to give students a lift home when their school bus broke down last Friday.

Home, please, sir: St Hild's teacher Grant Carswell, pictured with students (from left) Robyn McLeod, Bethany Hayhurst, Becca Johnson and Saffron Stabler, was among the members of staff to give students a lift home when their school bus broke down last Friday.

QUICK-THINKING teachers took to the road to help get 90 students into class when a broken down school bus left them stranded.

Scores of students at St Hild’s CE Secondary School , in Hartlepool, faced the prospect of being stranded at a bus stop and stuck for a lift into school when the public bus they usually get encountered problems on Friday morning.

But school staff were quick to act to ensure the youngsters didn’t miss any lessons.

A text was immediately sent out from the school to all of the students’ parents alerting them of what had happened and giving them the chance to arrange alternative transport for their children.

But due to the short notice, staff also played their part in making sure the youngsters got into class ahead of the first bell as teachers got behind the wheel and out on to the roads in their own cars to pick the stranded youngsters up.

The kind teachers made multiple journeys to and from school and in total 40 students were picked up from the bus stop and driven into school.

Meanwhile, back in the school building other staff were contacting parents and offering to arrange taxi transport if it was required.

Grant Carswell, assistant headteacher at the school, in King Oswy Drive, said: “When we were made aware of what had happened with the bus we immediately contacted parents by text and many of them made other arrangements to bring their children into school.

“But our staff used their own vehicles to help bring students in and make sure that they weren’t stranded at a bus stop.

“We also offered to pay for taxis to bring students in.

“In the end the majority of the pupils affected were able to get into school. Forty of our students got into school on time thanks to our staff going out in their own vehicles and picking them up.”

 

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