Double decker bus to be turned into library at Wisbech school

MP Steve Barclay officially opens the new bus at St Peter's Junior School with headteacher Andrew Saunders.
MP Steve Barclay officially opens the new bus at St Peter's Junior School with headteacher Andrew Saunders.

Children are jumping on board an exciting new project to turn a double decker bus into a new library and reading cafe at their school.

The bus, which spent its working life in Birmingham in the 1970s, is set to be given a makeover after arriving at St Peter’s Junior School in Wisbech.

The school is now appealing for skilled members of the local community, especially those with carpentry, electrical and plumbing skills, to help restore the vehicle.

Headteacher Andrew Saunders said: “I have to say it ranks as one of the most exciting days of my career in education.

“We have been trying for some time to get a bus in the school, to kit out as our library. This will free up some space in the school as we have been very short of places for group work. It will also provide a very exciting, creative space where children can relish their reading.”

Mr Saunders hopes that the bus, nicknamed WanDA due to its registration plate, will also be used as a community asset.

“In the fullness of time, we would like the area around the bus to be a reading café, complete with tables and chairs, where children and parents can enjoy reading, and where we can provide support and training, including for parents,” he said.

“We know there are already a number of other schools very interested in hearing about what we are doing.

“While there is still a lot to do to turn it into the wonderful library we envisage, this is an amazing opportunity and one which makes St Peter’s unique in Wisbech.

“We look forward to seeing how it develops and the impact it has on children’s enjoyment of reading.”

The bus was officially opened by Fenland MP Steve Barclay, who said it was a fantastic and creative initiative of great benefit to the wider community.