Transport to their nearest secondary school is provided by Swindon Borough Council for all pupils who live three miles or more from the school and are in the catchment area.
In all cases, if pupils fail to catch the bus in the morning, it is the parents’ responsibility to get the child to school.
Wearing of Masks/Face Coverings (September 2020)
At the moment, the wearing of masks is compulsory on, and when queuing for, buses.
In Catchment Areas
Swindon Borough Council currently provides two buses, 807 (Stagecoach) covering Blunsdon and H93 (Thamesdown) covering Stanton Fitzwarren, Sevenhampton, Hannington and Blunsdon St Andrew.
During August you will receive details of times and pick up points from the Passenger Transport Section at Swindon Borough Council. If you have any problems with these services, please contact the Passenger Transport Unit on (01793) 466213.
Oxfordshire County Council currently provides one bus covering Watchfield, Bourton and Shrivenham. If you have any problems with this service, please contact the Mainstream School Transport Team on (01865) 323500.
Currently we have 108 pupils using these services.
Out of Catchment North Swindon
If you live out of catchment the school currently provides transport from the SN25 post code area. Parents are required to pay for this service. The cost is reviewed annually but as a guide, the cost for 2020-2021 is £960.00 (the cost can be spread over 10 instalments if preferred). Each year in May details about the service and costs are issued to parents. Prior to the summer break details of the pick up points and times will be issued by the schools Finance Office.
Currently we have 99 pupils using this service, travelling on two buses. In 2020-21 we have been able to accommodate all pupils from the SN25 post code who wanted to travel.
We review, and amend the routes and vehicles each year once we know the numbers and home addresses of pupils wanting to use this service. The buses currently stop on Whitworth Road, Woodhall Park, various locations in Abbey Meads, Oakhurst, Ash Brake, Groundwell West and St Andrews Ridge.
If there are any problems or you need any further information about this bus service, please contact the school Finance Office on 01793 762426.
Whilst the buses only pick up from the SN25 post code if you are in close proximity to SN25 and can get your child to SN25 it may be possible to accommodate you.
Here are the Transport Rules for all pupils using a bus service to travel to school:
Transport Rules – Taking Responsibility
Respect other passengers, the driver and other road users. Conduct yourself at all times in a safe, orderly, courteous and responsible manner.
- Carry and show your bus pass at all times when using school transport.
- Remain seated at all times and wear the seat belt provided.
- Do not put feet on seats.
- Do not throw items out of the windows.
- Do not lean or bang on the windows, or continually open/close the windows.
- Do not ring the bell unless you are getting off at the next stop.
- Do not be abusive.
- Do not talk, distract or stand by the driver.
- Do not eat or drink on the bus.
- Do not leave litter on the bus.
- Pupils are not allowed to play loud music. All music must be listened to with head phones.
Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated and the consequences could be:-
- A letter of complaint to your parents/carers.
- A range of normal school sanctions, including lunchtime/after school detentions.
- Your bus pass being removed temporarily or taken away altogether.
- The bus company may prevent you from travelling on the service either temporarily or altogether.
Incidents should be reported to:
- School Prefect
- Head of Year
- School Senior Management Team
Other useful telephone numbers if you are out of catchment area and do not live in the SN25 post code but require information on how to get to Highworth are:
Stagecoach – 01793 521415
Thamesdown Transport – 01793 428428
Queries regarding lost property left on Barnes Coaches – 01793 821303
Please click on the link below to view the smartroute information ‘Getting to Highworth Warneford School’