The authority has a policy of providing free transport to all primary school pupils who live more than one mile from their local school by the shortest safe walking route. This policy is more generous than the law requires. This means that the provision of transport could be reviewed a any time. Parents who consider they are eligible should obtain an application form from the school or from learning and leisure services. 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 whilst arrangements are made.
While free transport is provided it may be necessary for pupils to walk a certain distance to the vehicle pick-up point. Walking distance in total including the distance from home to the pick-up point and from the drop-off point to the school in any one direction will not exceed the authority’s limits (see above paragraph). It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that their child arrives at the pick-up point in time. It is also the parents’ 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 a loss of the right to free transport.
The education authority does not provide transport for those pupils in receipt of a placing request other than in exceptional circumstances. In the case of early entry requests if the child is offered a place in the catchment area school, transport will be provided in accordance with the council policy stated above.
Glengowan pupils who are entitled to free transport are transported to school by bus which is under contract to Learning and Leisure Services. This year the contract is with McNairn Coaches 01236 441188 who will supply details of times and places of pick-up and set down points.
- At 3.00 pm line up inside Glengowan Primary.
- Stand quietly.
- Remember – coat, packed lunch box and your school bag.
- A member of staff will mark register, count you and escort you to the taxi.
- Go into bus and sit in your seat.
- Put your seatbelt on.
- Stay in your seat till the taxi stops at your house or road.
- Always be well-behaved and polite.
- Enjoy your ride home – see you in the morning