Transport to and from school
It remains that parents are responsible for ensuring their child is safely able to travel to and from school at the correct times.
However, we understand that this may be more difficult than usual at the start of term for those that use public transport, particularly as schools go back and there will be an increased demand on buses and trains. Please leave plenty of time for the journey as it may be that buses or carriages have lower capacity than previously and your child may need to wait longer to board.
In the first few weeks, as the transport system adapts to meet this increased need, we will be very understanding about this issue. However, we would urge families to do all they can to ensure that their child arrives before 08:40 so that they do not miss important messages at the start of the day, or lose any more learning time than they have already. We would urge children to walk or cycle if at all possible.
We have been working with the local authority to identify where pressure points may come so that they can work with public transport companies to bolster services where it is most needed. As part of this liaison, we have received information about a new dedicated bus service to help meet demand for St Anne's students travelling from Lordshill/Aldermoor/Millbrook/Shirley area. Blue Star buses have devised a new dedicated school bus numbered 517. This service will be available for St Anne's students only (the general public will not be allowed to use). Normal Bluestar fares will apply and can be brought onboard the school bus. The bus timetable can be at: https://www.bluestarbus.co.uk/st-annes-catholic-school.
On any bus, please ensure that children sit in family groups, or within year groups wherever possible. Please ensure your child understands that they will need to wear a face coverings on the bus.
If you intend to drive your child to school, we would advise dropping off away from the school and for your child to walk the last section. It is worth noting that some roads close to the school have been pedestrianised on a trial basis which will be good for walkers and cyclers but may be an issue for those trying to drive up to the school. More information about this change to the local roads can be found here.
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