New 'phoenix' bus launches to promote school's transformational rise

A stunning new bus dedicated to a Plymouth school that has “risen from the ashes” has been officially launched.

All Saints Academy has achieved a remarkable turnaround since it was placed in special measures in 2017, with inspectors praising the transformational progress that has taken place under the guidance of headteacher Lee Sergeant.

Now, Plymouth Citybus has designed a bus especially for the Honicknowle school - raising awareness of the positive changes at the school and helping parents recognise the vastly improving standards of education.

The bus is adorned with a gold ‘phoenix’ rising along the bus - to symbolise the journey the school is on. It was launched this week with the help of Plymouth City Council Leader Tudor Evans.

Headteacher Lee Sergeant said: “The bus really shows off the tremendously hard work that our students and staff having been doing, as well as the excellent facilities that we are lucky to have at All Saints.

“It’s been a great year for us working hard in the school to make this the best place it can be. We feel very privileged to have our very own bus and it’s a fabulous way to recognise the positive journey we have been on.”

The innovative bus will be driven on multiple routes around Plymouth, promoting the school and its students’ work.

Richard Stevens, Managing Director at Plymouth Citybus and Chair of Governors at All Saints Academy, said: “We’re very proud to be able to work alongside the school in helping the people of Plymouth to understand just how excellent the education facility is now.

"The school has been on a huge journey of late. At Plymouth Citybus our local community is so important to us. We’re helping the school to build its reputation and give parents confidence across the city that this is a really good school to send your children to."

Council Leader Councillor Tudor Evans, who also represents the Ham ward the school is located in, said: “What a wonderful way to showcase the fantastic progress that’s been made at All Saints Academy and the positive impact that it’s had on the communities the school serves.

“It is a fantastic example of partnership working between the school and Plymouth Citybus and the Council wants so much for public transport to be ingrained in how we develop.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate partnership working at its very finest and show off the magnificent work that’s taking place at All Saints Academy.”