The Education Authority has a policy of providing free transport to all primary pupils who live more than two miles from their local school by the recognised shortest walking route. This policy is more generous than the law requires. This means that the provision of transport could be revised at any time. Parents who consider that they are eligible should obtain an application form from the school or council offices.
These forms should be completed and returned before the end of February for those pupils beginning school in August to enable the appropriate arrangements to be made. Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year, but may be subject to delay while arrangements are made. Where there are vacant seats on a dedicated school vehicle, these can be offered as privileged places to pupils not eligible for free school transport. There is a charge for this and full details and an application form can be obtained from the Education Department Offices, Main Street, Barrhead (0141 577 3258/3279). These places are normally allocated in September once it has been established if there are any seats available. Should there be more applications than places available, a ballot will take place.
Pick Up Points
Where free transport is provided, it may be necessary to walk a certain distance from home to the pick-up point and from the drop-off point to the school in any one direction. This distance will not exceed the authority’s limits. It is a parent’s responsibility to ensure the child behaves in a safe and acceptable manner while boarding, travelling in and alighting from the vehicle. Misbehaviour could result in your child losing the right to free transport.
Children are normally transported to and from school to allow arrival before 08:55 and return after 15:00.
At present three buses and Eastwood Mearns taxis are used to transport pupils who live in the following areas. Pick up points and times are given below:
|White Star Coaches
|08.21/08.41||Greenfarm Road at Glanderston Avenue||08.38/08.48
|Balgray Road||08.38/08.48||Greenfarm Road at
|Greenfarm Road at
|Henry Crawford||Mearnskirk Road at
Mearnskirk Road at
Eastwood Mearns Taxis
serve catchment area farms and the following addresses –
- Eastwood Golf Club,
- Pilmuir Holdings
- Netherplace Cottages
Further information on the provision of transport can be obtained from the school.
The Parent Council and members of staff have worked closely with Education Department Staff to appeal to parents to use the parking and drop-off facilities at the school as they have been designed. Parents are asked not to park in the residential areas surrounding the school or in spaces reserved for school buses. Parents are encouraged to use the drop-off points within the school grounds but these should not be used for parking.