St Mary’s Could Get School Bus

school summer 1A school bus-style service could be introduced to take St Mary’s pupils to lessons. And it could start from the beginning of the autumn term.

The idea was discussed in a meeting of the Carn Gwaval Travel Plan working group last week.

That’s the panel of parents, school and Council officials that was set up when the new site was built, to encourage pupils and parents to explore alternatives to car travel.

Council officers Craig Dryden and Joel Williams will contact private taxi and bus operators to see whether there’s interest in offering the morning run, which could serve approximately 25 youngsters living at McFarlands Down, Telegraph and Normandy.

The Council and school won’t foot the bill and parents would be expected to meet costs.

There’s no plan to offer a return journey in the afternoon at this stage, because pupils tend to finish classes at different times.

Group Secretary Sue Hodgson has been keen to promote safe cycling to school and has previously arranged bike safety lessons for youngsters.

Sue says a bus or mini-bus service would meet their objectives in reducing the number of cars making the morning school run.

The group is hoping to meet again before the end of term to discuss what happens next, assuming an operator is interested.



4 Responses to St Mary’s Could Get School Bus

  1. Cummings July 13, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    How many meetings have there been of this Committee? How much has it cost in terms of Council & School staff time? If you take the cost of Mr.Dryden’s salary plus on costs, this equates to about £41 per hour add to that all the other salaried staff involved, you would probably pay for transport for the Children for a school year. Disband the Committee and
    hire a bus.
    As a point of interest how many committees are there on the Islands? taking there are only about 2000 people living on the Islands it would seem most of their time is taken up sitting on Committees getting nowhere!!!!

  2. kay banfield July 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    That’s the point, children aged 4,5,6 are not men and not all mothers have an hour to spare to get them to school and back.

  3. kay banfield July 12, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Not before time. It’s all very well encouraging cycling but with very young children biking from the back of the country in wind and rain is no fun, the children are tired before they get to school. There was a School bus when we were very young and then we cycled from about the age of 8.

  4. Nanny Ogg July 12, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Why waste money on this? Spend it on proper safe pavements and dedicated cycle paths. Get a bike or walk, get some waterproofs and man up! Simple.