An Isle of Wight school has launched a fundraising campaign to provide its students with a new minibus to be used for out-of-class experiences.

St Georges School in Newport is a secondary school for students with a range of complex additional needs, focusing on providing students with a balanced and meaningful curriculum which meets their needs and aspirations.

The school offers vocational courses, real-life experiences and opportunities, but this comes with challenges, such as finances and transport.

  • Last month, the school’s business leader, Leon Backshall, launched a GoFundMe, where the community can donate - CLICK HERE TO VISIT.

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Staff members are hoping to raise enough funds to provide the school with a new minibus, which all students will be able to use to access experiences and learning outside of the classroom.

The passionate team at St Georges have already raised over £12,000, but the target is approximately £35,000.

Last April, a group of 13 staff completed a 27-mile hike, which, for some, was the longest distance they had ever walked non-stop.

Isle of Wight County Press: 13 staff members who completed a 27-mile hike13 staff members who completed a 27-mile hike (Image: St George's School)

In November, another staff member took part in the ‘Stars in their Eyes’ charity event at the Newport Riverside Centre, going up against other Island singers.

Despite never singing in public before, she committed to weeks of practice on top of full-time teaching and raised a further £2,000 towards the minibus.

School events such as summer and Christmas fayres, involving the students themselves and donations from the community, have also raised crucial funds.