To/From School: You as a parent/carer will be expected to arrange tranpsort for your child to and from school in accordance with their personalised timetable. In some circumstances a bus pass may be available to your child paid for by Lancashire County Council (free of charge to you) and you will be advised about eligibility at your admissions meeting. Please ask about popular bus routes already in use by pupils at our school. Otherwise you can visit websites for Stagecoach Buses to find out which services suit your needs.
To/From Offsite Provision: If your child has chosen provision that is offered by one of our offside providers then transport to and from that provision will be by way of a Lancashire County Council Contracted Taxi service both ways.
Travelling by Bus
As a pupil of Shaftesbury High School, your child may be eligible for a bus pass. This would enable your child to catch a bus near to your home and travel a reasonable time into and out from Chorley Bus Station.
- If you don't know your bus route number click here to see the A-Z Destination finder and which stand to use to catch your bus from when leaving Chorley Interchange. I
- If you know your bus route number click here to see which stand it leaves from when leaving Chorley Interchange.
- There is an optional free minibus shuttle service run by our school staff. It only operates at the start and end of the school day and enables your child to arrive at school and return to the bus station in good time. A map of where it normally waits is here. It will be waiting between 9:00-9:10 a.m. If your child misses the minibus for whatever reason it will not be sent back and they will be expected to walk the approx 15-20 minute, 1 mile route to school themselves. The Bus Code of Behaviour terms detailed below also apply to travelling in the minibus.
If eligible, a bus pass will be issued to your child, within the first two weeks of your child starting at Shaftesbury High School. Your child will be given:
- BUS PASS
- A BUS TIMETABLE AND/OR ROUTE MAP (where necessary)
- COPY OF THEIR CURRENT TIMETABLE
- Your child is responsible for looking after the bus pass issued to them, keeping it safe and in good condition.
- Your child should not swap bus passes or give their pass to any other child.
- Your child should see a member of staff if their pass is damaged, lost or stolen.
- Your child’s behaviour should be appropriate for travelling on public transport and the Bus Code of Behaviour terms detailed below apply to public transport.
BUS TRAVEL CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
- Swear, use loud voices or verbally abuse any other passenger or the bus driver.
- Use physical violence, be threatening or intimidating to any other passenger or the bus driver.
- Play loud music whilst on the bus.
Inappropriate behaviour, misuse of transport or reports from the bus companies detailing any behaviour, as above, will result in the bus pass being taken off your child. In this instance, you will then be responsible for the cost of transporting your child to and from school.
Your child will be given a yearly bus pass that gives them access to buses for the whole of the school year. The first bus pass will be free of charge, if your child is eligible.
If your child loses or intentionally damages their bus pass, you are responsible for paying a replacement fee:
Stagecoach replacement charge - £10.00 directly payable to the School Office - A receipt will be given to your child.
It can take 7-10 days for a replacement bus pass to arrive in the school office. Until the replacement pass arrives, you will also be responsible for all bus fares into and from school.
We relocated from Stratford Road, Chorley to purposely refurbished premises on Weldbank Lane, Chorley in September 2013.
- A map of our location is here and our full address is Weldbank Lane, Chorley, PR7 3NQ.
- Some SAT NAV options will show "Plock Green" which is opposite our entrance.
- We share a single width drive with 'Chorley Adult Disability Services'.
- Drive down and park in either the 2nd or 3rd car park. The car parks can be busy and you may have to park blocking other vehicles - please advise staff at reception if you do with identification details of your vehicle and those that you may be blocking. Otherwise there is local parking on the main road.
- No responsibility will be accepted for any damage caused to or loss of items from your vehicle as vehicles and contents are left at the owners risk when using the car park.
Transporting Your Child by Lancashire County Council Taxi Contract
- Transport will be to and from venues stipulated by the Headteacher and cannot be changed without prior agreement being sought and agreed.
- Please do not attempt to make any changes to your child’s taxi service. Taxi companies cannot take instructions directly from parent(s)/carer(s) or children.
- Any alterations to transport arrangements are to be notified by the parent to the school as early as possible for any necessary amendments to be made.
- Where a pupil’s behaviour is causing such a concern that they need to be removed from the provision, parents will be contacted in the first instance to collect their child and arrangements made for the journey home.
- In circumstances where a parent is required to take a pupil for a medical appointment transport will not be provided.
Where transport has been provided in the form of a taxi, the arrangements will be reviewed after six weeks for each individual pupil. In addition if:
- The average attendance of the pupil during a six week period is less than 60%, assistance with the transport will be withdrawn.
- The taxi is provided on three consecutive days and the pupil does not use the taxi then the transport assistance will be withdrawn, unless the Headteacher requests that the taxi continue.
TAXI TRANSPORT CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
- Be ready before the taxi is due and ensure that you are able to see/hear the taxi has arrived
- Ensure the taxi driver is able to establish that you are aware they have arrived.
- Always wear a seat belt.
- Pupils travelling alone, sit in the back of the taxi.
- Do not distract the driver.
- No smoking, eating or drinking in the taxi.
- Listen to and follow instructions so everyone keeps safe.
- Use only the taxi provided for you.
- Do not ask the taxi driver to transport anybody else.
- Do not ask the taxi driver to transport anywhere other than the agreed route.
- Use taxi/transport respectfully – be polite – verbal abuse will not be tolerated.
Transport will be withdrawn if Codes of Behaviour are not followed and a risk assessment conducted. This may cause delays to reinstatement of a service.
Every attempt is made by the school and the Pupil Access Team for the transport service to run as smoothly as possible but on occasion delays or errors can occur and we would appreciate your patience in these instances.
Transporting Your Child by Our Staff
It may, on occasion, be necessary for a member of staff from Shaftesbury High School to transport your child in either Lancashire County Council transport, such as a minibus or in a member of staff’s own car. Reasons for this may be, for example:
- Lessons at another site, college or work experience placement.
- Outdoor activities, swimming, PE etc.
- Interagency meeting eg SEN review.
- Medical at a Health Centre for Looked After Children.
Pupils being taken home by Shaftesbury High School
If your child’s behaviour is causing such concern that they have to be excluded from the site that they are attending you will be contacted and asked to collect them.
It is appreciated that you may not have a car or you may not be able to collect them for other reasons.
In this case Shaftesbury High School staff may take your child home in their own car or in a taxi. In order to do this we need your permission.
Conditions under which your child would be transported
- Shaftesbury High School’s Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPV - max 8 seater) or a staff’s own vehicle driven by a member of staff with the Head Teacher’s permission.
- All Shaftesbury High School staff using their own cars have the correct insurance which has been checked by the Headteacher and a record placed in the member of staff’s file.
- Lancashire County Council Minibuses are only driven by staff who have passed a special test with Lancashire County Council called MIDAS – Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme.
- Private hire vehicles meet all of the requirements of Lancashire County Council.
- Your child is only taken home if arrangements have been made over the phone with yourself or with another adult that you have indicated on the Pupil Contact form.