Buses and Transport To School
Dorset Council (DC) run the bus services from our catchment areas. Parents whose children need to use the school buses will receive detailed information from Dorset Council about these services but this information can also be obtained from the school office. The detailed routes and times for these routes can be found here.
Please click here to read about Dorset Council’s approach to ‘Covid-19 aware’ school transport and for guidance to parents, carers and children. We understand that this is likely to change in the event of new government guidance being released and this page will be updated accordingly.
Courteous and considerate behaviour on buses is expected from all pupils.
Parents’ help to ensure this is appreciated. The school reserves the right to ban students who misbehave, from travelling on a school bus, and will be supported by the LA. All buses normally arrive at our School Car Park at about 8.20am and leave from the same location 10 minutes after the end of the afternoon session.
Ferndown Upper School – Dorset Council routes
To determine if your child is entitled to free transport, or to find out how to apply and pay for a bus pass call Dorset Council on 01202 224545 or visit the DC website.
Please note that 6th form students do not have an automatic entitlement to transport on the Dorset Council buses. Passes are usually available but in most cases, there will be a charge (a transport bursary is available – please see above). Applications for September passes must be made to DCC between May 1st and May 31st. Any applications made after this date will not normally be processed until October half term. For more information please refer to the Dorset Council Website here.
Late minibus to Verwood, Three legged Cross, West Moors and St. Ives. This is a free service, run on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
It is run using a minibus so places are limited to only 16 students. Students should sign up in the Reception in advance for the trip they require, as a seat cannot be guaranteed otherwise. If a student forgets to sign up, they may still be able to get a place but of course, the bus may be full if they leave it to the last minute.
A transport bursary of £300 per student is available to help with transport to school, whether that be towards a bus pass, or towards a bus pass. The bursary is available for:
- Any 6th former that lives more than 3 miles away from the school.
- Any student from any year group whose primary residence is in the Bournemouth and Poole area and who does not receive subsidised school transport from the council.
The application form for the bursary can be found here.
Disruption to Services
If a school bus fails to turn up on time in the morning, one student should use their mobile phone to ring the school (01202 871243) or the relevant bus company for information and advice. If a bus fails to turn up after school, we will make every effort to get students home.
For live information on any disruptions to services, use this link which will give the latest information: