Nanny is on board to get pupils to school

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PORTSMOUTH High School has launched a new service to provide a Nanny to escort school pupils from the Isle of Wight on the hovercraft.

The new scheme, supported by Hovertravel, sees Priscilla Ortega accompany girls who live on the Isle of Wight to school on the mainland in Portsmouth.

Headteacher Jane Prescott, said: ‘We understand that it is rarely practical for parents to accompany their child across to the mainland to school.

‘It is also a daunting prospect for parents to choose for their child to travel alone on the hovercraft each day.

‘The aim is to give parents complete peace of mind and to give younger children a new confidence about crossing the water to school.’

Every morning, Priscilla travels to meet pupils in the Ryde hover terminal.

She greets parents and pupils and takes over the care of the girls for the journey across the water.

At the other end, the school minibus takes her and the pupils directly to the school. At the end of the school day the whole process is reversed.