Preston school hosts potato bus as 5,000th visitor steps aboard

Posted: 23 March 2015
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Sherwood Primary School in Fulwood has had a visit from Billy Branston’s Amazing Potato Factory. The school also has the privilege of having one of its pupils being the 5,000th child on board the Potato Factory, which was launched in September 2014.

The initiative has seen a double decker bus converted into a fully functioning mobile classroom touring primary schools nationwide. The vehicle is supporting the Tesco Eat Happy Project, which aims to educate schoolchildren about where their food comes from. It hosts a variety of activities where children can gain hands-on experience and learn more about how potatoes are grown as well as what happens in a real potato factory.

Activities on board the bus are tailored to fit with the Key Stage One and Two frameworks, with nutrition and healthy eating also playing an important role.

James Truscott, Sales and Marketing Director, commented:

“We’re keen to get the message out there about how great potatoes are and how they’re really key for a healthy balanced diet, and Billy’s Potato Factory has been a huge success so far. When we first put the tour on the road, we had no idea how well received it would be and we’re thrilled to be welcoming the 5,000th child on board the bus in Preston.”

David Fann, Headteacher at Sherwood Primary, commented:

“Our pupils have thoroughly enjoyed their visit from Billy’s Amazing Potato Factory, and have not stopped talking about it! The activities on board have been brilliant, and the whole experience has far exceeded our expectations. It’s an added bonus that one of our pupils has helped the initiative reach a massive milestone of 5,000 visitors.”

Feedback from schools has been positive, with praise for the originality of the idea, and the way the children enjoy the learning experience on board. Much of 2015 is already booked up, but there are a few slots available. Schools can find out more at or enquire into a visit from the bus by emailing