School Buses

Ministry of Education Buses

School bus arrangements for 2022

From 2022 our new school bus operator is Go Bus. We are working closely with Go Bus and the Ministry of Education to ensure that the transition to our new school bus operator goes well.

To make sure that the start of the school year goes as smoothly as possible, please familiarise yourself with the information below.

As always, please either stay with your children while they are waiting for their school transport in the morning or keep in contact with them to make sure that they are picked up safely.

School bus routes, timetables and bus stop information:

Eligibility for school transport assistance:
We often get questions about whether students qualify for school transport assistance i.e., a place on a school bus.
The Ministry of Education has three criteria that students must meet in order to qualify for school transport assistance. They are:
1. The student must attend their closest state or state-integrated school
2. The student must live more than a certain distance from the school:
o Years 1-8: at least 3.2 km
o Years 9-13: at least 4.8 km
3. There must be no suitable public transport options

The Ministry of Education has a handy video on their website that helps explains the eligibility criteria for school transport assistance
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Responsibility of caregivers:
To ensure a safe environment for bus loading and unloading, caregivers should:
• not park in bus bays
• adhere to the speed limit (20 km/h while passing a stationary school bus on either side of the road)
• try to eliminate the need for children to cross the road
• ensure that children get to and from the bus stop safely
• teach children to not run across the road

Please note: if you currently have a private arrangement with your bus operator, you will need to contact your bus operator to confirm that your arrangement will continue in 2022.

School transport queries:
If you have any queries about our school transport, please contact Regan Aspden our Bus Controller. Regan can be contacted either via email - [email protected] or by phoning the school office 07 856 6537.