MINIBUSES and TAXI

The Service

The School provides early morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off services for pupils who need transport to and from school. The service is provided by two minibus drivers and an escort in our own minibuses.

The service is “hand-to-hand”, children being taken to and from their home or a designated pick-up point, and transferred personally to and from their parents or childminders/carers.

The drivers are employed directly by the school, and they soon get to know the children well too, and quickly become familiar with the various needs and with inevitable changes to requirements. All drivers of course are given full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

CCTV cameras are fitted in both vehicles and record live action whilst the minibuses are being used, both within the vehicle and on the road. This provides protection and information in the event of an accident or incident and is standard practice in commercial vehicles.

Routes

It is hoped that virtually any Bronte family would be able to access the service if required. Currently 3 routes are provided:

1. Meopham, Longfield & Gravesend south and west

2. Dartford, Greenhithe & Northfleet

3. Strood, Higham & Gravesend east

On some routes there may be a central collection and drop off point.

Timings

Morning collection in the more outlying areas begins at around 7.30am, with arrival at the school expected by 8.30am. For the afternoon service, pupils are collected from their teachers by the company’s drivers and escorted to their allocated minibus by 3.45pm. The latest arrival time home is normally no later than 5.00pm.

Charges

Charges for this service are: £40.00 per full week; £8.60 per full day and £4.60 for a single one way journey. Bookings are preferred termly in advance although ad-hoc journeys may be possible if spare capacity is available. Please contact the office on 01474 533805 to confirm if capacity available for ad-hoc journeys.

Places are booked termly, a booking sheet issued to all parents towards the end of each term, for the following term. The Bursar will be happy to provide further details (01474 333971).