Mayfield Primary School Reading Bus


  • £1,780

    pledged of £9,500

    • 49


    • 0


Completion Date: Thu 20 Jul 2017

We are raising £8,000 to decorate the outside of the Mayfield Reading Bus, which will create an inviting space to encourage pupils to read.  This will have a lasting impact on the children, firing their imaginations, developing their literacy skills and inspiring a life-long love of reading.

We are a very lively community primary school in north Cambridge.  You can find out all about us on our website:


In the words of Freddie and Junior, two of our Year 5 pupils, “We have a big problem at the moment with our bus.  The furniture and the inside is looking really nice but on the outside it’s looking really bland, and it’s not a nice place for the children to read in.  So we’re asking you to donate £8,000 to get a new Mayfield design for our bus.  By donating, you will be helping Mayfield children have a better future for reading.”

The Reading Bus has been wonderful addition to Mayfield Primary School, and we are excited to have this opportunity to make it an even more special part of the site.  An exciting, colourful bus decorated with the children’s own artwork will encourage more pupils to use this space and explore the books inside, sparking their interest in literature and independent learning.  The wrap will also protect the fabric of the bus from the elements.  By donating to our Reading Bus or spreading the word about this project, you will enhance facilities and experiences available to all children at Mayfield Primary.

The bus used to belong to Cambridge City Council and was used as their youth bus.  We have transformed the inside into an Alice in Wonderland themed space; upstairs is above the rabbit hole, the stairs are the rabbit hole and downstairs is under the ground.

If we reach our minimum target we'll be able to get the old youth bus decals stripped off, the bus surface prepared and new pupil-designed Alice in Wonderland themed decals installed.  If we beat our target the new decals will be able to cover some of the window area to make the design really eye-catching.  If we do even better we'll be able to buy more books to stock our bookshelves inside.

Check out our rewards!  We will recognise our most generous donors with plaques on our newly-decorated bus.

Images and video


Find out more and follow our progress on our website and social media.

@mayfieldcambs   #readinbus


Make a donation.  This can be as much or as little as you like – as the pupils say in their video, “every penny helps”, and they are right!  If everyone who likes us on Facebook were to give £10, we would be quarter of the way to achieving our target.

Spread the word about our project.  In order to reach our target we need as many people as possible to join together to make it happen.  Share our message on social media, by email or simply word of mouth to encourage others to support us.