Blurry-eyed teenagers boarding their school bus got a bit of a shock on Thursday (June 11) morning.
Sat behind the wheel of the double-decker, which takes them from Warboys to Abbey College in Ramsey, was A-level student Sam Dew.
At 18, he is one of the youngest people in the country to have passed his bus test, or Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCV) test, and has become the fourth generation of the Dew family to drive for the company Dews Coaches.
The teenager officially started work last week and will now drive his classmates to and from school every day until the summer.
He said: “It was a bit bizarre the first day I picked everyone up. A lot of them looked at me as if to say ‘What are you doing driving the school bus?’ But not one of them questioned me – that was the biggest shock.”
During the day, Sam leaves the green and white double-decker in the car park until the afternoon when he jumps back behind the wheel to take everyone home.
Having passed his car driving test last May he passed his bus test in the same month one year on.
Dad, Simon Dew, said: “We are very proud of him. He is a very good driver. I guess it’s not every day your bus driver also sits alongside you in class. He is the fourth generation of the Dew family to drive for the company, following in his great grandfather’s, grandfather’s and father’s foot steps.”
Sam was sent off to do an intensive driving course in Peterborough and passed his PCV test on the second attempt, just before his 18th birthday.
He is just finishing his A-levels and plans to study motor engineering at Oxford Brookes University in September, with the dream of one day working in Formula One.