Even though it is the parents’ responsibility to get students to and from school, the school assists in making travel arrangements to airports and train stations so that students may share transport where possible. However, this applies only at the ¼ term, ½ term, ¾ term breaks and at the end of term. It does not apply to travel to appointments (however if the appointment has been made by the Health Centre travel will be arranged) or to weekly boarders’ travel, other than at the official exeats. Any travel arrangements not made by the school are the responsibility of the parent and payments for such arrangements must be made direct to the travel company.
It is expected that parents try to arrange travel times after the normal school day i.e. 3.40pm to avoid unauthorised absences, but if this is not possible, then any student leaving or arriving outside of the accepted times (7.00am and before 6.00pm and the arrival times are after 6.00pm and before 8.30pm) should go to their guardian so as not to disrupt the boarding house.
From September 2018 i.e. the start of the Autumn term, the school will no longer purchase train tickets. However, we will provide a minibus service to the various local train stations. These are Bruton (towards Bristol, Weymouth and London Paddington with a change at Westbury), Castle Cary (towards Penzance) and Templecombe (towards London Waterloo and Exeter). The school will only meet specific trains, which will be notified to parents.
The students will need to let us know, at least 3 days before the day of travel, which train station they need to be taken to and collected from. This information should be given to the boarding houses using the current “blue-slip” system. The houses will then forward the requirements to Reception. Timings of pick up from various houses (or coach lay-by) will go up in school and in the boarding houses and students are expected to be ready at these times. Similarly, if transport from a station is booked, it is expected that students will be there for collection. If, for whatever reason, a student is not returning when expected, please leave a message with the relevant boarding house. If your child does not arrive as expected and no messages have been left, the normal transport charge will be levied, and it will be the parents’s responsibility to arrange travel to school if required
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We can arrange taxis to the airports if parents wish. Should more than one student be travelling at the same time, the school tries to arrange for students to travel together, thus sharing the cost of the taxi between the students. However, it is not the school’s responsibility to arrange travel back from airports, the reason being that should there be any difficulties or delays with flights the office is not manned to inform the relevant taxi firms. However, if we know details of return flights we do make the taxi bookings, but parents must be aware it is their responsibility to contact the taxi firm direct if there are any problems. Transport to airports will only normally be arranged on the last school day so as to minimise unauthorised absences.
We use a number of taxi firms. The cost of travel may only be put on account at exeat weekends, you must pay direct to the taxi firm for travel at other times. These firms are as follows:-
- Chinnock Taxis: 07703 068878
- Elite Taxis: 07566 855007
- Destination Travel: 01963 34441
- Bruton & Mendip Taxis: 07984 465864
Cost of travel (school transport and/or taxis) will appear on students’ activities account at the end of term.
Should you have any queries, please contact our Travel Co-ordinator, Mrs Sam Brownlow, either on her direct line 01749 813393 or by e-mail to email@example.com
Updated June 2018