14th July 2022
Whilst we have a holistic approach to developing wellbeing, we felt it would be beneficial to have a designated space in school where children could talk freely and engage in group activities and support sessions. Not content with a simple classroom, Mrs Zanelli set about researching more inspirational and creative approaches and finally settled on the idea of a double decker bus.
In 2019, we purchased a double decker bus and were delighted when the previous owner drove it up to Whitby and parked ‘Dorothy’ on the school playground.
She was in reasonable condition but needed a full overhaul to meet our vision of being a bright, welcoming environment for children to access wellbeing sessions, phonic interventions and other activities.
With the support of local companies, staff members, parents and friends of the school, Dorothy was – over several months – transformed into a fantastic and inspiring place to learn, talk and feel safe.
Dorothy is used on a daily basis by a variety of children from across the school. The space is used for a variety of activities, including phonic interventions, Compass Buzz sessions, art therapy, lunchtime clubs and much more besides.