Teachers have started a campaign to raise £120,000 to buy specially-adapted electric minibuses to transport disabled youngsters to and from their school to comply with London’s anti-pollution zone expansion.

New vehicles adapted for wheelchairs are needed at Oakleigh School and Early Years centre in Whetstone.

One of the school's minibuses was manufactured in 1999 and does not meet new ULEZ regulations.

“We have expanded — but the number of specialist minibuses we have hasn’t expanded with us,” assistant headteacher Emily Wharton explained.

“We have just two minibuses, but one is 24 years old and doesn’t meet the ULEZ requirements.

“It can't be used beyond our exemption period when we’ll only have one left for the whole organisation.”

The school in Oakleigh Road North caters for children with special needs or disabilities including medical conditions, communication difficulties, sensory impairments and autism. It has two satellite campus sites, at Queenswell and Colindale primary schools four miles away. 

An online page has been set up for well-wishers to help raise £120,000 by the end of the year.

Visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/oakleighschoolminibus to donate.