Sunderland pupils learn how to become bus drivers

Redby Primary Academy year3 pupils have their tickets checked aboard a Stagecoach bus, with driver trainers Wayne Doran and Steve Hamilton
Redby Primary Academy year3 pupils have their tickets checked aboard a Stagecoach bus, with driver trainers Wayne Doran and Steve Hamilton
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Schoolchildren got on board as they learned how to become bus drivers.

Pupils from Redby Primary Academy in Sunderland became bus drivers for the day as they learned all about buses from Stagecoach North East as part of “Catch the Bus Week”.

Redby Primary Academy year3 pupils have their tickets checked aboard a Stagecoach bus, with driver trainers Wayne Doran and Steve Hamilton

Redby Primary Academy year3 pupils have their tickets checked aboard a Stagecoach bus, with driver trainers Wayne Doran and Steve Hamilton

The youngsters, aged from seven to eight, were treated to a visit by Sunderland training officer and driver Steve Hamilton and relief trainer and driver Wayne Doran, who talked to the youngsters about what it was like to drive a bus.

As part of the visit, the pupils sat in the driver cab, got the chance to print out bus tickets and sound the horn.

They also received a goody bag each which included a water bottle, pen and pad, a template to make a cardboard bus and other stationery items.

Catch the Bus Week, which is now in its third year, is a campaign which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of taking the bus and encourage people to give it a try.

Redby Primary Academy year3 pupils have their tickets checked aboard a Stagecoach bus, with driver trainers Wayne Doran and Steve Hamilton

Redby Primary Academy year3 pupils have their tickets checked aboard a Stagecoach bus, with driver trainers Wayne Doran and Steve Hamilton

Pupil NathanDoyle, eight, said: “The afternoon was brilliant and I would like to be a bus driver.”

Phil Kitching, teacher at the Fulwell school, said: “The children had a really fun time and it was good for them to learn about the benefits of catching an environmentally friendly gas bus.”

Laura Smith, operations manager at the Sunderland depot, said: “Catch the Bus Week is a perfect opportunity to show people of all ages just how much fun getting the bus can be.

“We hope the pupils had a great time on the bus, enjoyed taking turns being drivers and learning all about our buses.

“We may even have met our future bus drivers, engineers and office workers.”