Urgent - change our school bus service

Samantha Marlow
Samantha Marlow 73 Comments
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We the undersigned call upon Oxfordshire County Council to change the school bus service provision from Hanborough to Bartholomew School, withdrawing the early 7.30 collection by public bus of Year 7-9 pupils and reinstating a later private school bus service, which previously ran until September this year.

We feel that it is unacceptable and unfair for the children, some only just 11 years old, to be collected by a public bus, and then to arrive at school before the official opening time and an hour in advance of the school day starting, with little supervision.

We also feel that the lack of responsibility for the welfare of the children from the time they get onto the bus, until the time they start the school day is unacceptable and has not been properly considered by the county council.

Parents' personal experience indicates that children are overtired from the much earlier start, and less focused than their peers after waiting a full hour for the school day to begin. It is affecting their enthusiasm and having a detrimental effect on their homework.

We call upon the county council to take action to change this service as quickly as possible.

  • Anonymous .
    Anonymous . United Kingdom, Witney
    Nov 03, 2017
    Nov 03, 2017
    None of you have thought about the sixth form students however. First of all, they have already paid over £400 to get a Stagecoach bus pass for the bus to school and won’t get this money back. Secondly, the council aren’t required to give seats to them anymore meaning that without that Stagecoach service they physically would not be able to get to school. Please think about people other than the Year 7-9s as this will effect them in the future.
  • Nele Demeyere
    Nele Demeyere United Kingdom, Oxford
    Oct 19, 2017
    Oct 19, 2017
    The current bus situation is unacceptable. There are serious safeguarding concerns for these children as young as 11 first being on a public bus, then being left to fend for themselves, a whole hour before school starts.
  • Ross workman
    Ross workman United Kingdom, Oxford
    Oct 18, 2017
    Oct 18, 2017
    Drivers of public buses do not have the required CRB Badge needed by coach drivers. They do not have to complete the training courses in spotting vulnerable children and working with vulnerable adults which makes a mockery of the county councils implementation of said courses when money is involved.
  • Martin Barrow-Starkey
    Martin Barrow-Starkey United Kingdom, Oxford
    Oct 17, 2017
    Oct 17, 2017
    This is not an acceptable solution and puts children at risk.
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