Special school in Edmonton hosts second driving day for pupils

Pupils at West Lea school and driving instructors outside the school

Pupils at West Lea school and driving instructors outside the school

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Children from a special school have taken to the wheel for a second time at a driving day.

West Lea School, in Haselbury Road, Edmonton, teamed up once more with Hertfordshire Action Disability (HAD) to give eight of its pupils their first driving lessons.

The students were first given an hour’s worth of theory and tests before getting behind the wheel.

Julian Halford, enterprise manager at the school, believes that the driving centre has huge potential.

He said: "We always encourage our students to be independent and if some of them can learn to drive, that's got to be a good thing.

"There's only a very small percentage of people with learning difficulties in proper paid employment and that's not good enough. With HAD's help we want to change that and adding the ability to drive to their CV will help tremendously."

David Wooder, manager of HAD, said: "It was great to be back at West Lea to give these youngsters the chance to drive. We were able to assess their abilities and advise them on the best day for them to pursue their driving dream."

Mr Halford’s son, Michael, also took to the wheel and has recently started working at Lea Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, in Stratford, and needs a car to get to work.

He said: "HAD's taster day was fantastic fun and a big help. Being able to drive would be a massive boost and would cut by journey time in half." 

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