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Transport to School

Current Transport Arrangements to Castle School

Although many students live within walking or cycling distance from Castle School, a significant proportion are reliant on either coaches or taxis to get to and from school.  Students under the age of 16 who require transport and live within the school’s designated catchment area are provided with free transport by South Gloucestershire Council. Other students are able to pay to use private contract service routes that run from Bradley Stoke, Filton and Severn Beach. There are also public transport bus routes from the surrounding areas but these do not stop  at the school but will only stop at designated bus stops in Thornbury Town Centre, Gloucester Road or Park Road dependent on each particular route.

Free Transport Provided by South Gloucestershire Council

Students living in the villages surrounding Thornbury who are eligible for transport are issued with passes that entitle them to free transport on these services during the school terms. These services are currently a public service route which means that if the student fails to have a pass with them or has lost it, the contractors are able to charge to carry the student on the coach (but this could be subject to change).

To apply for assistance with travel to schools costs you will need to download an application form from the “Travel to School Assistance” page situated on the South Gloucestershire Council website.

If there are any problems with coach passes (e.g. a replacement pass is needed or you wish to know if your child is entitled to free transport) or you want to apply for concessionary transport the office to contact is:

Integrated Transport Unit
South Gloucestershire Council
PO BOX 298
Civic Centre, High Street,
Kingswood
Bristol
BS15 0DQ
Tel: 01454 863924/5/6

In addition a small number of students are brought to and from school in taxis organised by South Gloucestershire Council. These tend to be for students who live in areas within the catchment area where there is no coach service available or students with special educational needs.

Private Contract Services

Every year a large number of students join the school from Bradley Stoke,Stoke Gifford and FiltonWestward Travel has provided a passenger service from these areas for a number of years and adjusts the route to meet the needs when required. Students using this commercial service need to buy either a ten journey ticket or pay the driver prior to immediate travel.   Details of timetables and fares can be obtained directly from Westward Travel.

Westward Travel
10 The Chipping,
Kingswood
Wotton-Under-Edge
Gloucestershire
GL12 8RT
Tel: 01453 521999

Another service (411) is provided by South Gloucestershire Bus and Coach Company to provide travel between Severn Beach and Castle School. This is a not a free service and students need to pay for each journey they make. This route also serves Pilning, Lower Almondsbury, Tockington and Elberton.  

South Gloucestershire Bus and Coach Company
Pegasus Park
Gypsy Patch Lane
Patchway
Bristol
BS34 6QD
Tel: 0117 9314340

Current Coach Routes (free of charge to catchment students)

Route CAS/613:  Thornbury Circular serving Kington Lane, Oldbury, Shepperdine, Lower Morton.
Route CAS/922:  Tortworth, Cromhall, Tytherington, Grovesend.
Route CAS/966:  Falfield, Milbury Heath, Upper Morton.
Route CAS/968:    Charfield.
Route CAS/C/SEC:  Rockhampton, Falfield.

Current Private Contracts (fares charged)

Westward Travel

Route 6B:   Wellington Hill, Monks Park, Filton, Patchway, Rudgeway.
Route 6C:  Henbury, Southmead, Bradley Stoke (Bowsland Way and Woodsland Road only), Almondsbury.
Route 7C: Winterbourne, Stoke Gifford, Bradley Stoke.                 

South Gloucestershire Bus and Coach Company:

Route 411:  Severn Beach, Pilning, Easter Compton, Lower Almondsbury, Tockington, Olveston, Elberton.

Public Transport (fares charged)

Routes that are currently timetabled to Thornbury Town Centre, Park Road or Gloucester Road (not directly to Castle School) which are available.

207 Mikes Travel  Dursley, Slimbridge, Sharpness, Berkeley, Stone, Newport, Falfield.
77 First Bus BristolCentre, Westbury, Southmead Hospital, Bristol Station.
78, 79 First Bus BristolCentre, Cribbs Causeway, Almondsbury.
622 STL Cribbs Causeway, Lower Almondsbury, Tockington, Olveston,  Alveston, Rangeworthy, Yate, Chipping Sodbury. (This route stops at Park Road outside of the lower school).

Jon Welsh, Assistant Headteacher has responsibility for liaising with School Transport at Castle School. To contact him please call 01454 862100.