Children from King Offa Primary Academy explore a new ‘Wave’ bus with Stagecoach Bus driver Phil Laker (right) and teacher Rebecca Winchester (left).

Children at King Offa Primary Academy in Bexhill found out what it’s like to be a bus driver last week. The year R pupils got to explore one of Stagecoach’s brand new ‘Wave’ buses when it took time off service to visit their school.

Bus driver, Phil Laker, showed the kids around his bus and talked to them about what it was like to be a bus driver. He also handed out goodie bags for the children to take home.

The ‘Wave’ decorated double decker is part of a fleet of 12 buses costing £2.5 million used on the coastal route 99 between Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne. On the outside, the buses sport a ‘Wave’ livery featuring a montage inspired by the seaside route.

Deputy Headteacher, Ryan Laker said,

“They absolutely loved the new bus and asked lots of questions about a bus driver’s day, the routes they drive and the people they see.”

About Stagecoach:

  • Stagecoach is one of the biggest bus operators in the UK, running around 7,000 vehicles in nearly 100 towns and cities in the UK.
  • Stagecoach Group’s headquarters are in Perth, Scotland, where it began operating in 1980 with just two buses.  The company floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1993 and now has an annual turnover of around £1.3 billion.
  • Stagecoach South East is one of 18 locally managed companies within Stagecoach Group.
  • Stagecoach South East headquarters are in Canterbury and the company currently runs over 480 buses and coaches, employs over 1,300 staff and carries over 44 million passengers per annum.

Thank you, Stagecoach South East for sharing this lovely news with our community. If you would like to arrange a similar trip for your pupils, please contact:

Matthew Maytum, Regional Communications Officer (South East) Tel: 01227 828108 | Email: [email protected]