PUPILS at Berkeley Primary were delighted to step aboard their school’s new rainbow bus this week.

The colourful double-decker, which has been converted into a classroom, soft-play area and a library, was officially opened on Tuesday.

The vehicle has been donated by transport company First Bus.

When converting the bus, the firm enquired what colour would the school like the bus to be painted.

Rachael Stewart, business manager at the school, said: “We said ‘with a rainbow!’ They said no-one’s ever asked for a rainbow before, but ok.”

And true to their word, a rainbow striped bus was duly delivered.

First Bus’ managing director James Freeman was on hand on Tuesday to cut the ceremonial ribbon.

Also part of the launch event, author Mark Lemon read children one of his books at assembly.

Berkeley Community Library has offered to underwrite the provision of the books for the library as part of its community role.