We are aware that our students use a variety of methods to travel to school. The following is some information about those different methods.
Here is a summary of information about travelling to Ivanhoe by bus. If you have any further questions please contact school.
End of day routine.
Students now line up in the Dining Hall at 3.20 when waiting for their bus. They are expected to sit down in their bus line and wait quietly before being directed to the bus by a member of staff. This system has improved the standard of behaviour of all students at the end of the day, but those students who are determined to be uncooperative with members of staff, will be dealt with using the school B4L system.
All children are allocated a seat on the bus. Please make it clear to your child that this privilege is not extended to their schoolbag! Other children should never be forced to sit three to a seat because some children are not prepared to sit next to someone who is not their friend.
All single decker buses are obliged to provide seat belts, but the responsibility for wearing these lies with the students. Drivers cannot force a child to wear a seat belt and it is now illegal for students to travel without wearing one. Parents can be “spot” fined £60 if their child is seen not belted up.
Bus passes .
Students should not expect to travel if they do not have a valid bus pass. Anyone who has lost or forgotten their pass should go to Reception at the beginning of morning break to collect a temporary one, at a cost of £1. Students should not interrupt lessons because they have lost/forgotten passes, nor should they leave it to the end of the school day. All drivers are told to check passes every day.
If a student misses a bus at the end of the day, then he/she must inform one of the members of staff on duty. They will then be sent back into school to phone home. They are told that under no circumstances must they set off walking without telling someone at school. If a bus is missed in the morning, or a bus does not arrive because of breakdown,
families need to make alternative arrangements, or at least need to be sure that children are able to let parents know if they have already gone to work. This rarely happens, but contingency plans need to be made just in case!
If items are left on a school bus, then the driver will often have the wallet/jumper/coat on the bus in the afternoon or the following morning. A student who has lost something on the bus must remember to ask the driver as they get on if the item has been found. There are phone numbers for the bus companies on the reverse of this leaflet for parents to use if necessary.
Behaviour on buses.
Students do occasionally lose the right to travel on school transport because of their bad behaviour. The following are considered to be unacceptable:
All instances of bad behaviour that we hear about are dealt with promptly, and a warning and/or suitable punishment given. This may include break time detentions, letters home, official detentions, and, in the worst cases, temporary or
permanent bans from school transport. If a student is banned then parents/guardians become responsible for the transporting of their child to and from school; this can be both costly and very inconvenient.
We recognise the positive benefits of students cycling/scootering to and from school, in terms of improving health through physical activity, promoting independence and reducing the environmental impact of the journey to school. There is a large, secure bicycle park near to reception where students can lock their bicycles/scooters and safely leave them for the day.
Students are expected to ride sensibly and safely at all times. Cycles/Scooters should not be ridden in the school car park due to danger from other vehicles. Students should not interfere with any cycles/scooters, or cycling/scooting equipment belonging to other students.
We encourage students who are able to walk to school to do so, for environmental, health and social benefits. Please remind your child to stay safe on the walk to school by following road safety rules, using crossings where possible. Ensure that students use a regular route to and from school, encourage them to walk with friends.
You can find more general information about walking to school here. http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/
If you drop off or pick up your child from school in the morning or at the end of the day, please be reminded that the school carpark is not suitable for parents to use due to the layout and our arrangement with school buses. This can cause unnecessary delays for all parties.
We suggest that you ask your child to meet you somewhere else nearby, or consider walking to and from school or using the bus service.
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