New entrants to the school at any stage must make a formal application to the transport officer if transport is required. Transport will only be provided for children living within the school’s catchment area. Any child under 8 years of age who lives 2 miles or more from the school and any child over 8 who lives 3 miles or more from the school is entitled to free transport, however they may be expected to walk to a convenient pick up point. Concessions are sometimes made for those living within these distances but the decision lies with the Transport Officer. School has no control over who has entitlement to a seat on the bus.
Transport forms must also be completed for Primary 7 children leaving school to go to High School. All children travelling by school transport are expected to behave well on the bus. This is essential for safety reasons.
It is sometimes necessary to close the school at short notice because of bad weather or power failure. Every precaution is taken to ensure that parents are informed. Parents have the responsibility during periods of severe weather to ensure that they or an emergency contact are available to take messages and to be prepared to take the children home. Parents should ensure that the school is informed immediately of any change of address or phone number of either parents or emergency contacts. Details of our closure procedure are sent out regularly. The messaging system number will be used in these circumstances and is detailed below. This is used by the HT to record a message to parents regarding school closure or any other change to transport arrangements etc. Information on school closures is also given out at regular intervals on Moray Firth Radio on 102.5FM.
Highland Council phone number: 0800 564 2272 Enter the school’s own pin number when prompted: 04 1570 There is also a web site which parents can log onto to view school closures – this is: www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures