First Bus services to Oldfield School
You will already be aware that the dedicated bus services run by First Bus have been discontinued and will be replaced by bus services available to students and the public from September onwards. Both routes covered by the dedicated services will be replaced, the OS2 and OS4 by the 19 (which will run an additional bus on the route at the start and end of the school day) and the OS1, OS3 and OS5 by the 37; this will also use two buses on the route. The 19 service will run throughout the day therefore students could use a later service if required but the 37 will only run at the start and end of the school day.
The timetables for these services and ticketing arrangements are available on the First Bus website. First Bus have advised that while daily tickets are available to purchase on the bus they would prefer parents to buy weekly or monthly tickets as if a large numbers of children are purchasing tickets as they board this will cause delays to the service. The great majority of students used the e-ticketing arrangements last year using the First Bus app and this worked well for parents however you can buy hard-copy tickets directly from First bus for delivery to your home address or via the School Office. These tickets can also be used on other First Bus routes for the relevant Zone(s).
The timetable for these services is summarised below:
Cadbury Heath 07:55
The White Hart 08:05
Oldfield School 08:15
Oldfield School 15:00
The White Hart 15:09
Cadbury Heath 15:21
Longwell Green, The Crown 07:58
Bitton, Cherry Gardens 08:03
Oldfield School 08:15
Oldfield School 15:00
Bitton, Cherry Gardens 15:10
Longwell Green, The Crown 15:15
If you have any questions about the school bus services then please contact First Bus or visit their website rather than contact the school; we are is not responsible for these services therefore we will not be able to answer your enquiries.
In the most recent guidance from the Department of Education it remains an expectation that face coverings are worn in enclosed and crowded places where you may come into contact with people that you don’t normally meet and this includes public transport. Therefore, we would ask that your son or daughter continue to wear face coverings when using bus transport.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ).
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.