With the new school term approaching, SEND children will now be arriving at school in style.

57 shiny new vehicles will be taking to the roads next Monday, in the council’s recent bid to support students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Wiltshire Council have invested £1.4 million into deploying minibuses and people carriers, which they say will provide “the right speciality support for children with SEND to access school.”

“To help achieve that, we also need to ensure we provide them with the appropriate transport to attend,” said Councillor Jane Davies, cabinet member for SEND.

Pupils from Silverwood School in Rowde will be the first to benefit from the new vehicles, as 37 minibuses are expected to transport students to the school on Monday morning.

A further 20 people carriers are being deployed to transport SEND children to other schools in Wiltshire, with the new vehicles are expected to transport around 240 pupils in total.

“I want to thank all our SEND drivers, and our Passenger Assistants who travel with pupils, for being part of this essential service and I look forward to seeing our new fleet across Wiltshire,” said Cllr Davies.

“This underlines our commitment to providing the right support so pupils can feel safe, relaxed and ready to start their day,” added Cllr Laura Mayes, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills.