School transport

School transport

Here you will find advice about entitlement to home to school transport.

Home to School Transport

The council has published 3 separate education transport policies which set out the eligibility criteria for qualifying for home to mainstream school, special school and further education college/sixth form transport. If entitlement to transport is important to how your child will get to and from school or college, it is vital you read and understand the relevant policy, which will provide you with further information and assist with any questions you may have, before you apply for a school or college place.


For specific information about transport entitlement to mainstream schools (including faith schools) for a child of compulsory school age, please read the Mainstream (Pre-16) School Transport Policy.
 


For specific information about transport entitlement to school sixth forms as well as further education colleges for students entering Post-16 Education please read the Post-16 Transport Policy 2017 to 2018
 
For specific information about transport entitlement to special schools for a child with special educational needs please read the Home to School Transport Policy for Children with Disabilities and/or Special Educational Needs. 
 
  • To apply for Mainstream Home-to-School Transport, please click here. Please be aware that it may take up to 10 working days to process an application for transport.
  • To apply for Post-16 Transport please click here. Be aware that it may take up to 10 working days to process an application for transport (this rises to 15 working days at peak times such as the late summer period).
  • We strongly advise you to read the relevant Home to School Transport Policy before considering submitting an application for transport.
  • You can also contact the school transport team here.
  • For information if you have lost or damaged your Bus Pass you will be required to replace it at your own cost. If it is a Bus Pass produced by NCC (In house) for Mainstream & Post 16 transport please call the contact centre on 0345 6006400, For passes issued for travel on  ARRIVA services contact Amy Walker at Arriva on 0191 520 4231 and for GO NORTH EAST passes contact the Go North East Customer Services 0845 60 60 260. 

Apply for Pre 16 Transport & The Post 16 Travel Scheme

Below are Online Application forms for Post 16 Travel Scheme and Pre 16 School Transport. Please make sure you have read and understood the relevant transport policy before applying.

Alternative ways to apply for the Post 16 Travel Scheme and further useful information
Make sure you have read and understood the post-16 transport policy before applying in one of the following ways: Post-16
School Transport Team
Local Services Directorate
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF

Useful information:

Details of transport available for Northumberland College sites are available. Please click here for more information
How do I get a place on a school bus?
To apply for mainstream home-to-school transport, please click here. Be aware that applications will be processed in 10 working days. Alternatively, you can contact us here.

Children with disabilities and/or special educational needs have the same entitlement as any other pupil within the education system.

The council may also provide free home-to-school transport as an adjustment to a disability in cases where the child lives within the statutory walking distance of a school.

For further information, please refer to the home to school transport policy for disabled children and children with special educational needs.

Information for post-16 students travelling on public bus services & timetables

The following contains information and links to the major suppliers of local bus services.

Each company will be able to provide further information on their offers, and their contact details are provided below. Also included is a link to the bus services that Northumberland College fund.


 

Arriva - post-16 school travel
Please follow the link below for information regarding Arriva tickets and zones

To view the zone map and purchase zonal tickets, please click here.

For further information, contact the Arriva customer service team: 03448 004411.
Stagecoach - post-16 school travel



To find out more about these schemes, or to buy tickets, visit the Stagecoach website.
 

Go North East - post-16 school travel
For information including timetables and Fares Click here
PCL Travel - Route 473 - post-16 school travel
Operating a public service, 473, between Wooler and Alnwick.
 
From Student
Day Return
Student
Weekly
Student
Annual
Wooler £3 £12 £400
Powburn £2.50 £10 £350
Glanton £2.50 £10 £350
Whittingham          £2.30 £10        £350        

The following payment methods are available:
  • £400 or £350 can be paid in one full amount by cheque, bank transfer, debit/credit card or cash. The ticket issued will be usable during term-time only.
  • ‚ÄčAn initial payment of £150 deposit is required, followed by eight monthly instalments. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer, debit/credit card or cash. Tickets will be issued during term time only.
  • A weekly (five-day) ticket can be purchased on the bus and payment is by cash only. The ticket is valid for week of issue only.
  • A daily ticket can be purchased on the bus and payment is by cash only. The ticket is valid for day of issue only.
Tickets will be valid on all 473 departures

Contact details:  Please complete PCL Travels online query form http://pcltravel.uk/index.php/contact-us

Email: leisurehire@btinternet.com
Website: pcltravel.uk
PCL Travel - Route 470 - post-16 school travel -
PCL Travel operate a public bus service 470, which operates between Wooler and Alnwick. 
 
From Student
Day Return
Student
Weekly
Student
Annual
Wooler                  £3.00 £12.00         £400
Chatton £2.60 £11.00 £400
Chillingham £2.40 £11.00 £400
Old Bewick £2.20 £10.00 £350
Eglingham £2.00 £9.00 £320
  • £400, £350 or £320 can be paid in one full amount by cheque, bank transfer, debit/credit card or cash. The ticket issued will be usable during term time only.
  • An initial payment of £150 deposit is required, followed by 8 monthly instalments. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer, debit/credit card or cash. Tickets will be issued during term time only.
  • A weekly (5-day) ticket can be purchased on the bus and payment is by cash only. The ticket is valid for the week of issue only.
  • A daily ticket can be purchased on the bus and payment is by cash only. The ticket is valid for the day of issue only.
Tickets will be valid on all 470 departures

Contact details
: Please complete PCL Travels online query form http://pcltravel.uk/index.php/contact-us

Email: leisurehire@btinternet.com
Website: http://pcltravel.uk
Borders Buses Ltd - post-16 school travel
Borders Buses operate the following bus services that can be used to access Berwick Academy:
  • service 67 - Coldstream, Cornhill, Norham to Berwick
  • service 267 - Wooler, Milfield, Ford/Etal, Duddo, Shoresdean to Berwick
  • service 464 - Wooler, Doddington, Lowick, Ancroft, Scremerston to Berwick
The following tickets are available to students:
Student day return, student 10-journey tickets, term season ticket, annual season ticket

Day return and 10-journey are available from the driver, either for students in school uniform or presenting a valid student ID card (cash only).

The 10-journey, term and annual season tickets can be bought in advance from the offices at Ramparts Business Park, Berwick upon Tweed. Only students attending an education establishment in Berwick upon Tweed may apply. Bus passes issued are covered by Borders Buses terms and conditions.
Telephone: 01289 308719 with a credit/debit card – the company will post the ticket out.

Fares to Berwick Academy:
From Student Day
 Return
Student
 10 Journey
Student
 Term Season
Student
Annual Season
Cornhill £3.10 £14.40 £163.80 £505
Norham £2.60 £11.60 £136.50 £395
Wooler (via 464) £4.50 £16.00 £182.00 £560
Wooler (via 267) £4.50 £18.00 £209.30 £620
Doddington £4 £16.00 £182 £560
Lowick £3.50 £11.60 £136.50 £395
Ancroft £2.60 £8.40 £100.10 £280
Scremerston £2.10 £8.00 £91 £240
Milfield £4 £16.00 £182 £560
Ford/Etal £2.90 £11.60 £136.50 £480
Duddo £2.90 £10.40 £118.30 £395
Shoresdean £2.30 £8.40 £100.10 £310

There is also a £12 weekly ticket available to all passengers travelling on the B6 Berwick town service.
Full terms and conditions are available on the website at http://www.bordersbuses.co.uk
For any other information call 01289 308719 or by email to info@bordersbuses.co.uk
Northumberland College - post-16 school travel
Northumberland College has arranged a number of bus services. To view the bus services for the campus, click here. You can click on the bus service number for route details.

For further information and prices approach Northumberland College Student Infozones at Ashington and Kirkley Hall or call 01670 841 200.

Special education needs transport

This section provides information about services for pupils with special education needs.

How do I get a place on a school bus?
The LEA provides a home-to-school transport service for pupils:
  • with special educational needs up to the age of 19
  • with medical needs up to the age of 19
  • who are excluded from school
  • who have a diagnosed phobia of school
  • who are pregnant or schoolgirl mothers
What type of transport is provided?
The transport is provided in a number of ways:
  • free travel permits for public transport – specialist minibus, e.g. tail-lift vehicle
  • minibus from home to school – wheelchair accessible taxi – taxi/people carrier
How do you decide?
Entitlement to transport for children is based on an assessment of individual need. The local education authority has produced a standard form for completion as part of the assessment process, which will be completed by the professionals in discussion with parents and carers.

The information provided allows the transport staff to make informed decisions on the type of vehicle to provide, the correct restraint and clamping systems that will be used and the level of supervision/care.

If it is decided the child’s special needs do not require special transport arrangements then the general home-to-school distance policy will apply.

Transport arrangements will be regularly kept under review. The annual review required for those children with a statement of special educational needs provides a formal opportunity to review any transport arrangements.
Parental preference & transport
If parents choose to send their child to a school the local education authority does not consider to be the nearest suitable school, there is no duty to provide free transport.

In such circumstances, parents will be required to make their own transport arrangements or pay to access services.

The local education authority does, however, retain its discretion to provide free transport or to make a contribution to parents towards the cost.

Information for parents during periods of severe weather

During periods of severe weather, there may be school closures or disruption to the home-to-school transport.

In these circumstances do you know what to do?

In extreme cases, a school may close during the day due to severe weather and your child will be sent home early.

Do you have a procedure in place for the care of your child in the event of school disruption?
You could make arrangements with a relative or close friend to care for your child until you are able to get home.

You could inform the school and transport provider of these arrangements, as it may be necessary for your child to seek alternative transportation from school.

Ensure the school and transport provider has an emergency contact number. Above all, ensure your child is aware of these arrangements. 
One or two things to consider - school disruption

Dress code
It is important to ensure your child is warmly dressed, just in case the school transport is running late, or the journey is slow.

Waiting time
During periods of severe weather, a child should wait 30 minutes after their normal pick-up time for school transport. After 30 minutes, it is advisable for the child to return home.

Communication
It is important the school is informed that your child has returned home after waiting 30 minutes for transport to arrive. Ensure you have the contact details of your transport providers and they have emergency contact numbers for you.

Responsibility
If you take your child to school, it is your responsibility to collect them in the afternoon.

Important
It is vital for parents to have a contingency plan in place, if they are not home when a child returns. For example: a buddy scheme, or a family friend or relative who the child can go to until the parent/carer returns home.