In September 2015 Martin Cooper, Deputy Headteacher/Key Stage 2 Manager at Mile Oak Primary School contacted Shoreham Port about an exciting new venture – an educational science bus which would be available to use by Mile Oak Primary School pupils and other neighbouring schools.
Martin needed help laying the foundations for the bus and constructing steps and a path up to the bus. Thanks to the skilled workforce at the Port, Ryan Baker, Chris Lawrence, Keith Wadey and Piran Armes from the Engineering team volunteered their services.
After months of planning Chris, Keith and Piran were finally able to carry out the work over an eight day period in August. Despite the hot weather Keith and Piran soldiered on, completing the work on time. The result is a perfectly placed science bus with clear access routes and a site that should be fit for use all year round.
Martin Cooper at Mile Oak Primary School commented “We are so excited that the bus is now on our school field. It was fundamental to the success of the project that the bus had a purpose built platform to rest on. Shoreham Port not only built the platform but also constructed a path and steps to access the bus. They even added a disabled ramp to make the bus accessible to all. Mile Oak Primary School would like to thank Keith and Piran for their hard work on the project and to Shoreham Port for facilitating the whole project.”
Piran Armes, Engineering Technician at Shoreham Port commented “It was great for us to get involved in a project that’s going to benefit the schools in the local area. The idea of an outdoor area to learn is becoming more appealing to schools and it was brilliant that Shoreham Port were able to use our technical skills to design and build this open-air space.
We really enjoyed getting stuck into an informative project. Brighton and Hove Council and Mile Oak Primary School were extremely pleased with the end result. I hope the children will enjoy and appreciate the steps and path as much as the science bus!”
Katie Orchin, Marketing & Communications Executive at Shoreham Port added “I would like to say a huge thank you to Ryan, Keith and Piran for their hard work at the school. This was always going to be an ambitious project and all credit to those involved who managed to get the project completed before the start of the new school term. We are very much looking forward to the official launch of the science bus in a few weeks’ time.”