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Safe and Sustainable Travel to School


Travelling to School

We strongly encourage students to travel to school by walking, cycling or using the bus, where possible. This is much better for the environment, reduces pollution for students who are walking and helps to reduce traffic congestion around the entrances to school. There is no access to our car parks at the beginning or the end of the day, except by special arrangement, the roads around school can become very congested. Parents and Carers should not use Prince Henry's Court or the Yew Tree Pub Car Park to drop off their children, as this causes nuisance to our neighbours and adds dangerous traffic to heavily used pedestrian entrances.

If you have to use a car to bring your child to school, please DO NOT park near the pedestrian crossings to drop your child - parents and carers who park on the zig zags are endangering the children who use these crossings to arrive at school safely.

There are alternative locations for dropping your child, who can walk then walk the last ten minutes (at most) to school safely using the designated crossings. Please see the section below on arriving by car for more details.

Buses

For information on school bus services, including timetables and routes, please click the link below to visit Metro’s dedicated page for Prince Henry’s.

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Renewing and Applying for School Bus Passes

You can find all the information you need about applying for bus passes here.

Connexions Buses 

For bus times and routes, please see the Connexions website here. Please note: as at September 2021, it is still a requirement to wear a face covering on school and public buses.

  • Metro travel passes are currently valid in the same way they always have been. Students will still be able to catch public buses after extra-curricular activities.

MCard now have a mobile app, which makes buying tickets much easier! You can find all the details here.

Travelling by car

In the interests of safety, it is essential that parents and carers do not drive into the school grounds to drop off or pick up their children. Quite simply, with over a thousand pedestrians and up to ten buses arriving and leaving the site simultaneously, this would pose a serious danger. Students must arrange with their parents to pick them up at a safe place outside the school grounds. They must, however, take care not to park near the pedestrian crossings on Farnley Lane and Newall Carr Road, for this is extremely dangerous. Likewise, Prince Henry's Court (adjacent to the Newall Carr Road entrance) must not be used for the purposes of dropping off / picking up students.

There is a small lay-by above the Newall Carr Road entrance, where students can be dropped, or the Crescent and Crossway roads allow students to be dropped within a short walk of school.

There are car parking spaces where children can be dropped above the Farnley Lane crossing, and it is easy to drop and turn round in the car parking above Wharfemeadows Park (towards the Wharfemeadows playing fields).

If coming from south of the river, students can be dropped in the North Parade Car Park or the parking at Buon Apps Restaurant by the river - again just a short walk from school.

Please support us in our drive to become more sustainable and also to keep your child safe by considering whether your child needs to be driven to school and, if so, where you should drop them, so that all our children can come to school safely.

Cycling

Cyclists must have their parent/carers' permission, keep their cycles in roadworthy condition, lock them securely and never leave on them parts that can be easily removed. Cycles should be insured under parents' home policy. In the interests of safety, cyclists must dismount at the gate and not ride in the grounds. All students cycling to school must wear protective helmets.

Pedestrians

Pedestrians must not use the driveway but instead should use the steps and footpath from Farnley Lane. If using the Newall Carr Road entrance, students must use the footpath adjacent to the playing fields and not cross the car park. The pedestrian crossings on Farnley Lane and Newall Carr Road should be used to cross the road.