Coach tour operator, Bakers Dolphin, provided free coach transport to Ashcombe Primary School, enabling them to enjoy a special day out in the local area.

Ashcombe School students wth cast members of Oliver

The provision of transport meant that a group of 90 children, and nine members of staff, from the Weston-super-Mare based school were able to experience an unforgettable day outside the classroom.

John Clark, Headteacher of Ashcombe Primary School, said: “This sort of gesture makes an enormous difference to cash-strapped schools.”

The VIP school trip

The day began with a trip to Worle Community School (WCSA) for a VIP performance by its students of the popular musical, Oliver, after which they were treated with lunch.

WCSA is home to a Jill Dando News Centre, which was launched last year in honour of the BBC news reader and presenter, who was a former student at the school.

As a result, the Ashcombe School children were also given the opportunity to work alongside WCSA’s young journalists as they interviewed cast members for articles to go in their school publications and local media.

Speaking of the trip, Amanda Harrington, sales and marketing director of Bakers Dolphin, commented: “It was a pleasure to be able to give the children from Ashcombe School the opportunity to watch a performance of the show and then see how the News Centre journalists work.

“Judging by their reactions on the way back to their school afterwards, they certainly enjoyed the experience and we’re pleased to have played our part in helping to give them a memorable day out.”

Becky Davies, head of Drama at WCSA, said: “Many thanks to Bakers Dolphin for their help in bringing over all the children from Ashcombe to mix with our students in the cast and in the journalism.”

Information for teachers

Bakers Dolphin is a coach tour operator offering transport for day trips and short breaks.

Schools wishing to organise a school trip with Bakers Dolphin can call 01934 415 000.

For more information, visit

Image: Ashcombe School students wth cast members of Oliver