What is the solution?
Following the analysis of official figures by BBC News, which suggest that the number of children starting primary school exceeds the number of spaces in secondary schools, secondary schools will need to make a further 16,284 vacancies available by 2023.
But not only does this population rise present a conundrum for learning inside the classroom, it also presents a conundrum for schools when it comes to offering their students learning experiences which occur outside of the classroom.
Indeed, with just one minibus, school trips for students will be far and few between, and some may not get the opportunity to venture out of the school grounds at all in their five years at secondary school. Making the purchase of a second minibus a must.
But there is no denying that the purchase of a new school minibus is expensive, which is why Benchmark offers the option for schools to lease a minibus – an arrangement by which schools are able to fund the minibus through a small payment each month (which has the added benefit of improved budgeting and cash flow forecasting).
Furthermore, leasing a minibus with Benchmark can often work out cheaper than buying a minibus outright (especially if one takes into account the re-sale value of a school bus at the end of its working life), or indeed, hiring a coach each time.
Further still, a full maintenance programme is included, so no matter the outcome of the vehicle’s services and MOTs, the cost of repairs won’t affect the lease price.
Benchmark Leasing Ltd
11 High Street
Tel: 01753 859944