Travelling to School

IMPORTANT: routes and pick-up times for all Travel de Courcey services available here (PDF).

Transport Application

For students who live within the Solihull Metropolitan Borough and more than three miles from the nearest appropriate school (measured by the shortest distance) the Local Education Authority provides free transport. All enquiries concerning transport should initially be sent to: Director of Education, PO Box 20, Council House, Solihull, B91 3QU. Telephone Number 0121 704 6610.

You can download an application form here.

Dear Parent Carer,

We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents whose children travel to school by bus about the arrangements for renewing bus passes.

Students who purchase their bus passes direct from Travel de Courcey will be able to do so on line at .

The prices for the coming year will be £325 for an annual pass and £115 for a termly pass. Students will still be able to pay by cash with the fee set at £1.10 per journey.

Alternatively parents can visit deCourcey’s offices in Rowley Drive, Coventry, CV3 4FG to renew their passes (A passport sized photograph of the pass holder will be required.)

Students eligible for transport assistance should have already returned their green application form to school. If you have not yet done so this must be done before the end of the week.  The NBus pass available from Network West Midlands, Poole Meadow in Coventry will continue to be accepted on all deCourcey services.

If you have any questions please contact school.

Buses, Routes and Timetables Information

You can download most of this information in this letter (PDF).

Parents of students not entitled to a free bus pass may purchase one direct from the appropriate bus company.

CENTRO, who administer some of our bus services, have introduced a new type of photocard for children aged 13 to 15 who travel on public transport. The card helps these children prove to the bus drivers and inspectors that they are under 16. The cards are issued free of charge and just one photograph will be required. Application forms are available in School.

Students who travel on buses 180‐184 will need a bus pass issued by Travel deCourcey or they will need to pay each time they use the bus.

The following information detailing bus routes to the School may be useful to parents and students:

Johnsons Coaches: 01564 797070 (Public Bus Service)

Marcus Lewis Coaches: 02476 594290

Claribels: 0121 789 7878

de Courcey Travel - 02476 302656

In order to accommodate the increased numbers of pupils currently travelling on de Courcey bus services there have been some slight alterations to the routes and pick up points for some services. Details of these alteration in the shaded boxes below:

The above routes have been selected because of number of students boarding at certain bus stops. There will be two buses picking up from the same road but from different stops this is due to the number of students boarding on route to Gipsy Lane.

Most importantly students should not move between stops following these changes. These measures have been put in place in order to avoid overcrowding. If students migrate between stops our attempts to resolve this issue may be undermined.

de CourceyTravel Maps

de Courcey Travel.  Routes and timetable information is available to download using the links below:

School Procedures

At 3.25pm, the end of each school day, students using school transport should assemble in the designated meeting place where they will be placed into bus lines and supervised by members of the School Leadership Team, Senior Staff and general duty staff. Students will be released in an orderly manner as their bus arrives. If a student misses the bus the school will take steps to ensure that they are transported home safely, which may initially involve students making a phone call to parents. Students are not allowed to leave the premises if they miss their bus, without first consulting with Mr Livingstone.

Behaviour

High standards of behaviour are expected at all times to ensure safety when students are travelling on buses. Their behaviour will be monitored by the bus driver. Unacceptable behaviour will be reported to a Senior Teacher and this will result in disciplinary measures including restrictions on the use of school transport. In severe cases a student may be banned from using the school bus.

Late Bus Tuesday and Thursday

A late bus operates on Tuesday and Thursday of each week, departing at 5.15 pm from the school. The
bus normally travels via:

It is important that students indicate to the driver where they wish to travel to.

The School and LA are in regular contact with the operators of each route to ensure the provision of a safe and reliable service. If you have any concerns or enquiries relating to school transport please contact your child's pastoral manager or Mr Livingstone.  Year 7 students can also contact Mrs Yates at the school.