Changes to School timings for Buses - Message from the Head

Feb 4

Dear Parents/Carers

As you are aware, due to the erratic nature of local bus provision, this can lead to regular overcrowding at the bus stops on Perry Street. As a result, we are having to further amend the timings of the end of the school day as follows, in order to assist with an orderly and safe departure from school.

Additionally, our recent transport survey demonstrates a sharp increase in use of local buses:

  • Year 7 - 2.30 p.m. (3.45 p.m. p6 days)
  • Years 8 & 9 - Between 2.45 p.m. & 3.00 p.m. (3.45 p.m. p6 days)
  • Years 10 & 11 - 3.00 p.m. (4.00 p6 days)

This will be with effect from Monday, 24th February 2020.

I regret to inform you that following legal advice, my staff are no longer able to supervise at public bus stops and will therefore not be present on Perry Street, with immediate effect.

I would like to praise the majority of our students who show respect and kindness at the bus stop. Students who are identified as failing to do so, will be sanctioned.

I have, again, contacted TfL and requested more buses, more frequently, at the end of the school day. I have also, again, requested that they stagger the bus stops in Perry Street, in order to avoid all three routes stopping at all three bus stops. In the event that TfL change their provision, we will review the situation for September 2020.

We will continue to supervise students at the turning circle on the school site using the bus service. Staff will be at the front gate to supervise safe exit from the school site. We will continue to encourage all students to walk, if they are going towards Bromley, where the pavement is safe.

 Please remind your sons/daughters of the correct way to behave on public transport and at bus stops, such that they always alight and descend carefully and safely. Additionally, that your son’s/daughter’s safe passage to and from school, is your responsibility.

Yours sincerely Mrs K J Raven Headmistress

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