Monkleigh Primary School has taken delivery of a brand new minibus yesterday (Friday, April 26).

The Friends of Monkleigh School (FOMS) have spent months fundraising £6,000 to purchase the bus.

They bought it from the Bideford Blues club, who received funding for a new bus and had previously lent this one to the school when needed.

Lynette Mayo, FOMS chairman, said: "We've had bake sales, bingo, all sorts of fundraising, as well as an Aviva community grant of £2,500 and funding from the parish council.

"We're also really grateful to all of our sponsors and to the parents who supported the fundraising efforts."

Year six pupils and sponsors of the new Monkleigh Primary School minibus. Picture: Sarah HowellsYear six pupils and sponsors of the new Monkleigh Primary School minibus. Picture: Sarah Howells

Headteacher Karen Reeves added: "I've worked here for 11 years and something I always said was that I wanted for the school was to have its own minibus.

"Everyone came together and that's what Monkleigh is, we're a small school and like one big family."

The bus has already been booked up for a number of trips to sporting events.

It is sponsored by: Monkleigh Garage, S.M. Reeves, TP Trust Preservation, Mayo Media, Gifford Accounts and F. Heards Quality Meats.

Monkleigh Primary School year six pupil Theo Gierke cuts the red ribbon to open the new minibus. Picture: Sarah HowellsMonkleigh Primary School year six pupil Theo Gierke cuts the red ribbon to open the new minibus. Picture: Sarah Howells