Designated School Bus Services (run by First Bus and subsidised by WECA)
The system that has been set up consists of 5 designated school buses:
OS1 from Hanham leaving 7.42am and arriving at school at 8.10am
OS2 from Hanham leaving 8.54am and arriving at school at 9.20am
OS3 from Kingswood leaving 7.32am and arriving at school at 8.10am
OS4 from Kingswood leaving 8.50am and arriving at school at 9.20am
OS5 from The Crown, Longwell Green stopping at Westcourt Drive, Oldland Common, Court Road,
The Cherry Tree, The Beeches, Cherry Garden Lane then Cherry Garden Road, Bitton and all the
stops to Oldfield School leaving at 8.54am from The Crown and at 9.06 from Cherry Garden Road.
Regular First Bus West of England weekly or monthly bus tickets can be used on these services (see prices below) and
you can also purchase a termly ticket via the First Bus app and the prices are as follows:
Term 6 £78
You can purchase weekly or monthly tickets via the app or in school as hard copies.
Please note, tickets will not be able to be purchased on the bus and daily tickets will not be valid.
Under the new system, you will have to let us know if your child intends to use any of these bus
services and we will assign your child a bus. This will help guarantee children places on buses. If this
does not happen, we may be in the position where we cannot guarantee your child a seat. This
arrangement will depend on your cooperation which will allow us to allocate places and ensure an
even mix on each bus so that all children who wish to use this service can get into school. If this does
not work, then we will need to review the service again at the end of Term 3 and potentially return
to termly tickets which can only be purchased with a voucher code.
Please could you complete the attached questionnaire, if you intend to use any of the OS services so
that I can allocate your child a bus. If you do so mid-term, you will be contacted within a two days, if you are doing so for Term 6, all users old and new will receive an email on Tuesday 1st June.
Please remember we can only keep the prices down and guarantee all children a place on a bus if all
parents who wish to use these services provide the information we have requested above.
All tickets can be used on all First Bus Services for the duration of the term (except Airport buses) as
well as on the designated service.
If you have any questions, regarding the process please email firstname.lastname@example.org FAO
Face masks must be worn on all services.
We sell weekly and monthly bus tickets at reception for those students who need them. All children who wish to purchase First Bus tickets will require a First Bus photo-card. If you would like a First Bus photo-card, please send in a passport sized photograph of your child to the school office. We can then prepare the photo-cards and issue them to your child. The current prices of tickets are as follows but please note these may change (you can confirm current prices via the school office or by emailing email@example.com ).
Years 7-11 Weekly £12.10 Monthly £44.00
Years 12 and 13 Weekly £16.95 Monthly £61.60
We issue First bus tickets as follows:
- Tickets are only sold via reception on a Friday except at the start of the new academic year. All bus pass request envelopes must be completed and handed to reception by 11.10am Friday morning. The bus passes will be ready to collect by the end of the school day.
- The photo-card will be valid for one year from the date of issue.
- A valid photo-card must be shown each and every time a ticket is purchased.
- A ticket is only to be issued to the student whose picture is shown on the photo-card.
- Cheques should be made out to Oldfield School.
- Parents should write on the back of the cheque their child’s name and tutor group.
- If paying in cash the correct money is required.
- Please also state the date from which you wish your ticket to be valid from and indicate the type of ticket required.
Newbridge Park and Stride
BANES have negotiated use of part of the Newbridge Park and Ride to allow parents to drop off and pick up their children until the end of this school year. The purpose of this initiative is to reduce traffic and congestion outside the school site on Kelston Road and Newbridge Hill Road, encourage students to walk part of their way to school and to improve air quality outside the school.
See below for a map showing how this will work and the area of the park and ride that can be used by parents. Parents using this must park in parking bays using vacant parking spaces, rather than dropping off in the one-way system to minimise impact on the park and ride bus service. Footpaths are located around the perimeter of the car park and link up with the footpath to Kelston Road. The footpath has been improved by Bath Ramblers through improving drainage along the path and adding new steps. Please be aware that the path can be muddy in wet weather. Students are then able to cross Kelston Road via the pedestrian crossing. These arrangements will be reviewed later this year regarding whether they will continue in September.
We would encourage you to make use of this facility as I am sure that you are aware of the issues caused by congestion outside the school at the end of the school day in particular and any measures to improve the situation should be welcomed.