STUDENTS and staff at a school in Taunton have expressed their sadness after one of their buses was vandalised.

Selworthy School returned from the Bank Holiday weekend at the beginning of May to find the door on one of the minibuses had been vandalised.

The school is a special centre for children and young people with learning disabilities aged four to 19.

Educational visits have been cancelled because of the vandals, as the bus is used to allow the sixth form students to visit locations throughout Somerset.

Headteacher, Mark Ruffett, said: “The impact on our learners has been huge.

“We have had to cancel educational activities while repairs are carried out which has caused distress for our learners.

“We are very grateful to the community for their ongoing support and in this case contacting the police. Their kind actions prevented what could have been a far more serious incident.”

In addition to the bus being used to provide trips to the students, it also provides transport every morning to the learners that live too close to qualify for transport and those who have low attendance.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “The bus was parked at the school and broken into around 11pm on April 29.

“Nothing was taken from the vehicle.

“Our enquiries are continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference number 5217 093933.”