Transport

Please click here to view the powerpoint presentation which was shown to pupils about what to do in an emergency when using school transport.

Code of Conduct for School Transport

When travelling to and from school all normal school rules apply. Please behave in a fashion that will bring credit to the school. Any student who disregards these rules will have to make separate arrangements for journeys to and from school.

In the morning:

  • Please arrive 5 minutes earlier than stated and wait sensibly on the pavement.
  • Do not jostle and push to get on the bus; wait until it has stopped before moving towards it.
  • Behaviour at your stop is important.  At all times you are representing Crispin School.
  • Be polite to any members of the public.

On the bus:

  • Follow instructions given to you by the driver and the bus prefect.
  • Do not eat or drink on the bus. Take your rubbish home.
  • Wear seat belts at all times and store belts correctly at the end of the journey.
  • Make sure bags do not block aisles or exits.
  • Do not distract the driver.
  • Remain seated throughout the journey.  Do not stand up until the bus has stopped.
  • Respect each other, the coach and especially the driver.
  • Be safe and do not put anyone in danger by behaving badly.

In the afternoon:

  • Go straight to the buses – they leave between 3.05pm and 3.10pm.
  • If you miss the bus, firstly see the teacher on duty at the front of school and then go straight to reception and ask to use the telephone to make arrangements to get home.
  • Take care crossing the road when getting off the bus.  Never cross until the bus has departed.

IMPORTANT:

The bus service is operated by Somerset County Council and although we will try to help you with any problem in school, it is often better to contact County direct.  The Senior Transport Officer is Jodene Hall who can be contacted on 0300 123 2224.

School transport is provided as follows:

Service Transport Provider Routes
C085C Aston Coaches Chilton Polden, Catcott, Crispin
C087B Aston Coaches Cossington, Edington, Catcott, Crispin
C083A Aston Coaches Stawell, Moorlynch, Crispin
C506C Aston Coaches Ashcott, Crispin
C973A First Group Burtle, Ashcott, Crispin
C056B Aston Coaches Butleigh, Keinton Mandeville, Barton St David, Littleton, Compton Dundon,Crispin
C005I Mendip Community Transport Baltonsborough, Crispin

Vehicle safety and driver training for school transport

All of the vehicles used to transport the children are subject to rigorous safety checks throughout the year and as part of the contract with the operators, all drivers must attend driver training seminars organised by Somerset County Council.  Seat belts are installed on all contracted vehicles.

Vehicle safety

All vehicles used for school transport are subject to checks by Somerset County Council’s Vehicle Quality Control Officer at the contractors' premises and as part of a rolling programme of unannounced spot-checks that take place at schools with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the Police.  All public service vehicles have a more rigorous MOT than a car and are subject to an inspection regime that requires them to have documented checks at regular intervals.

Report property left on a school vehicle 

If your child has left property on a school transport vehicle, please contact the operator of the transport directly to arrange collection of the property.  If you are unsure of the operator or require their contact details, please contact Jodene Hall on 0300 123 2224 and she will advise you of the details.

Report a problem or incident with school transport

You can report a problem or incident with school transport to Jodene Hall at Somerset County Council:

Senior Transport Officer – Mendip
Transporting Somerset
PP C302
Somerset County Council
County Hall
Taunton
TA1 4DY

For further details and information relating to school transport in Somerset, please visit the County website here.

Last Updated: September 2017