Teachers at Baldernock Primary School are in the driving seat

Balmuildy Road,Hilton bus depot, Baldernock Primary headteacher Jill Carr and principal teacher Avril Meldrum passed test to drive mini-bus - pic of them pretending to drive the bus please. L-r Jill Carr and Avril Meldrum'10/0/12'Photo Emma Mitchell
Balmuildy Road,Hilton bus depot, Baldernock Primary headteacher Jill Carr and principal teacher Avril Meldrum passed test to drive mini-bus - pic of them pretending to drive the bus please. L-r Jill Carr and Avril Meldrum'10/0/12'Photo Emma Mitchell

DEDICATED staff at a rural school have gone the extra mile to make sure pupils don’t miss out on trips.

Baldernock Primary head teacher Jill Carr and principal teacher Avril Meldrum have recently passed East Dunbartonshire Council’s mini-bus driving test.

That means they can now drive the school mini-bus and take pupils on trips and to sporting events.

To be fully insured they had to drive a bus around Glasgow with an examiner and answer questions on the Highway Code.

Mrs Meldrum said: “We had to show that we could park the bus and drive confidently.

“It was quite different from driving a car, but we got used to it all pretty quickly.

“We’ve taken the pupils to football tournaments, the athletics festival at Bearsden Academy and Mugdock Country Park.

“We do have a bit of a laugh about being the school’s own Edie McCredie from Balamory.”

Mrs Carr, who was recently appointed as permanent head teacher at the school, said: “We don’t have a gym hall so we plan to use local facilities in the community for sports.

“The bus means that we could use a local tennis club, for example, or take the children bowling.

“There are lots of opportunities for outdoor activities nearby, such as sailing, walking, bike rides or orienteering.

“For example, pupils can go out and look at the landscape and tie this in with art or science.

“The school has a great environment for delivering the Curriculum for Excellence with lots of opportunity for outdoor learning.”

Mrs Carr was acting head teacher at the school for two years, before being made permanent at the start of the new term in August.

She said: “It’s a great wee school.

“I started quite a lot of initiatives while I was acting head teacher and I’m thrilled to get the chance to see them through.”