Please fill in this form for changes for Reception up to and including year 3: https://goo.gl/forms/X3cKxSJ9SHjzOaOG3 (Not required if absent on the day).
There are 2 bus organisations, both run and organised by parents themselves. The school does not receive any public funding to run buses. The school tries to help parents by providing supervision from the moment the bus arrives at school in the morning and after school until the child is handed over to the bus driver. In order to make sure a child goes on the correct bus (there are 11 at the moment), the school prints of a daily bus list for the younger pupils. Please check the schedule in SchoolBase in the menu you can access from the left.
- Frequently asked questions about the BLOC buses
- Please read here about the Culham Bus Club buses (CBC)
- Bloc constitution
For more information please contact:
- BLOC: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jon Alcantara - CBC: email@example.com
Current bus routes:
- Route bus 1 (Bloc) - Boundary House, Botley, Summertown, North Oxford
- Route bus 2a (Bloc) - Bayswater Rd, Headington, Iffley Rd, Sandford/Thames, ESUK
- Route bus 2b (Bloc) - Marston, Cowley Rd, Littlemore, Nuneham Courtenay, ESUK
- Route bus 3 (Bloc) - Cumnor, Wootton, Abingdon
- Route bus 4 (Bloc) - Abingdon, Radley, Kennington, South Oxford
- Route bus 5 (CBC) - Chilton, Didcot, Ladygrove, Appleford
- Route bus 6 (CBC) - Southmoor, Marcham, South Abingdon, Drayton, Milton, Sutton Courtenay
- Route bus 7 (CBC) - Tilehurst, Goring, Crowmarsh, Benson, Shillingford, Dorchester, Berinsfield
Route bus 8 (CBC) - Grove, Wantage, Ardington, East Hendred, Steventon, Drayton
- Route bus 9 (CBC) - Cholsey, Wallingford, Brightwell, Long Wittenham
- Route bus 10 (CBC) - Forest Hill, Wheatley, Horspath, Garsington, Blackbird Leys, Berinsfield, Drayton St Leonard, Burcot, Clifton Hampden
- Route bus 12 (CBC) - Grove, Milton, Sutton Courtenay (mornings only, pupils take bus 6 in the afternoon)
- Wednesday lunchtime buses
Please consider whether your child is sufficiently mature to be on the bus. Often the bus driver is the only monitor, so the child has to stay in his or her seat with a seatbelt on and follow the bus driver's instructions. For very young children, the days may be too long and they may become too tired for learning during the school days. Some young children cope fine though, so the school leaves it up to the discretion of the parents. The school provides supervision until the children go into the bus. There are currently 120 children from Reception to year 2 taking the bus, so it's busy. For this age group, please do NOT change the weekly routine.
In the mornings, there is supervision on the playground, but the children have to walk from the bus to the playground unsupervised, so the children need to be trusted to go directly to the playground. Staff does not check the bus when it arrives.
Reception: please consider allowing your child to settle into school for a term before signing up for the afternoon bus. They stay 45 minutes longer at school than their class mates, and children that age are very tired at the end of the school day.
For all pupils, please notify the school office of your child's regular bus routine: firstname.lastname@example.org . For younger pupils, do not deviate from this routine apart from in the case of emergencies. With 11 buses full of pupils, the risk for errors is just too great. There is more flexibilty from year 4 onwards, when children are more mature. If this is too difficult, please consider alternative arrangements. In total we have now over 300 children taking the bus, so it is very busy at the end of the day.
It is important to inform the school office as soon as possible, with 2 days notice, of any changes in the bus routine. Do not just tell the teacher or leave a note, but fill in the online form and phone the school to check on the day itself (for Reception up to and including year 3).
If you inform the school on the day, this means we have to interrupt the class to let the teacher know. Teachers do NOT generally read their emails during the day. We will only interrupt classes for emergencies. Please choose a weekly routine and don't deviate from it for the younger children, as they end up confused and upset.
If there is any doubt, the school will keep a child at school.
Contact details parent-run bus companies:
- Buses nr 1,2a and 2b,3, 4 and 10 are run by Charlton: 01865 331249
- Buses number 5, 6 and 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 are run by: Tappins 01865 772778
Free School Transport provided by the county council.
To check whether your child is eligible, please go here: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/free-home-school-transport
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There is a small train station at about a 15 minute walk from the school. Please check the time carefully though, as there are not many trains stopping. For more information see:
Both the 114 and T2 bus service no longer operates following the withdrawal of a subsidy by the council, so there are no local public buses serving the school.
If you arrive by train, please come to the entrance from the Abingdon Road, where you can ring the bell and we can open the gate for you.