Thirty two buses come in and out of Rossett School on a daily basis. For many students, the journey to school on a bus is an integral part of the school day. The behaviour of the majority of pupils travelling on buses is generally good, but on occasions the behaviour of a minority is unacceptable.
The majority of students at Rossett School use school transport to get to school. Such students fall into one of three categories;
- Students living in North Yorkshire who live more than 3 miles from school (measured by the shortest safe walking route)
- Students living in North Yorkshire who live less than 3 miles from school (measured by the shortest safe walking route)
- Students living in Leeds who pay to use a bus service organised by the school on behalf of parents
Students living in North Yorkshire who live more than 3 miles from school (measured by the shortest safe walking route)
The Local Authority is required by law to provide free transport to a student’s local school. Rossett can be considered the local school for anyone living in the Harrogate Town or Rural areas. The North Yorkshire website contains all the relevant information at http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/article/23550/School-transport. On this website there are frequently asked questions, the Local Authority’s policy document, all the timetables of routes serving Rossett and downloadable forms, along with lots more useful information. If you live more than 3 miles away you will automatically be sent the appropriate bus pass as the beginning of the school year approaches.
Please click the link for the NYCC North Yorkshire School Bus Routes serving Rossett School 2015/6 http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/article/25851/Transport—timetable-information.
Students living in North Yorkshire who live less than 3 miles from school (measured by the shortest safe walking route)
North Yorkshire County Council has a policy whereby students not eligible for free school transport can still use some school bus services provided there is spare capacity. Students have to pay to use the service as they are not eligible from free transport (currently £1.70 single, £2.50 return or £12.50 week).
The bus timetables can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/schooltransport and these timetables clearly indicate upon which buses students can pay by the designation “Permits and Fares”. Only students with free passes can use buses labelled “Permits only”.
If you know that the area in which you live is served by school buses which come to Rossett, the best thing to do is to speak with other students who already attend Rossett to find out which buses come nearby. You can then check the timetables to confirm that you can pay to use the service and to get the details of route and timings. Alternatively you can simply look through the timetables to see if a service runs close to your house.
Please note that the school has no control whatsoever with regard to the provision and availability of places on the Harrogate service. These are controlled by North Yorkshire County Council via their Integrated Passenger Transport department.
Students living in Leeds who pay to use the service organised by the school on behalf of parents
Whilst parents of students living in Leeds may transport their child/children to school by whatever means they choose, the majority of students travelling from Leeds use the transport service organised by the school. All Leeds students wishing to use the service are allocated a place on the route which is most convenient for their home address. Current costs for 2015/16 are £231 per term, withdrawal requires six weeks’ notice. Letters and invoices for the cost are sent out during the summer holidays. Should you have any questions about transport from Leeds the Finance Office will be able to answer them. Bus passes for these services are issued during the first two weeks of term on receipt of payment. A child is able to use the service as soon as they start in September. Please click the links to see the current routes:
|· Route 61||· Route 62||· Route 63|
|· Route 64||· Route 65||· Route 66|
Please note these routes may vary from year to year subject to the location of the new Year 7 intake.
Rossett School expects that its students can travel in reasonable safety and comfort, arriving at school without undue stress and able to benefit from the education provided.
Working closely with Harrogate and Leeds bus companies, we expect the following behaviour from our students:
- Students to remain in their seats throughout the journey.
- Students to wear seatbelts, where available.
- Eligible students to carry their passes at all times and ensure they are kept in good condition.
- Students to do as the driver asks, as they are responsible for the safety of their passengers.
- No food, sweets, drinks etc to be consumed on the bus.
Students and their parents are primarily responsible for dealing with anti-social behaviour on transport to school. Deliberate damage to a bus will lead to parents having to pay the bill and the bus company is likely to ban those involved from using any of their buses for a limited period. Bus companies are applying a zero tolerance attitude to poor behaviour and this may lead to a permanent ban with no right to appeal.
The Government Exclusion Guidelines state categorically that a school can apply its Code of Discipline to students travelling to and from school. Therefore the school may also punish poor behaviour on the buses.
Any issues on the school buses such as no available seats, poor behaviour, bullying etc, should be raised with Mr Dyke, Associate Assistant Headteacher, who will ensure that matters are fully investigated and the appropriate action taken.