Nailsea School appeals for grant for new coach

Nailsea School headteacher Dee Elliott and Low Carbon Gordano director Steve Cayzer after the school

Nailsea School headteacher Dee Elliott and Low Carbon Gordano director Steve Cayzer after the school was awarded £5,000 to become more energy efficient. - Credit: Archant

Nailsea School needs £30,000 to pay for a new coach to transport pupils to the school.

The school has applied to Nailsea Town Council for a grant to pay for a new 54-seater vehicle to cope with the increase in students.

The authority has given the school a £5,000 grant over the past two years to try to increase numbers at the school.

In a letter to the authority, business manager Sarah Hurlow said: “I hope the town council will be able to support the school for a further year in its transportation costs from the Long Ashton area – trying to extend our catchment area and market the school to a wider audience.

“We have just had the numbers and addresses through for the 2018/19 cohort from this area, it is looking like we will be needing to put on a 54-seater coach as well as a 35-seater coach.

“This is obviously very positive news, but has its own financial challenges, especially as our funding for these additional students is lagged.

“The cost of a large and small coach will be in excess of £360,000 per annum – and will be an ongoing commitment – of which only 50 per cent is currently being funded through parent contributions, leaving a £30,000 shortfall for 2018/19.”

The school has seen a huge rise in pupils applying for a place over the past two years.

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Last year, the school increased its year seven intake to 180 to cope with a surge in demand for places and the number of applications exceeded expectations again this year.

Headteacher Dee Elliott said: “I am pleased to see the increase in popularity of admissions to Nailsea School, there is a real community feel here and I’m happy people want to be a part of it.”

Nailsea Town Council’s environment and leisure committee will discuss the grant request at its meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) in the tithe barn at 7.30pm.

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