Code of Conduct for School Transport
PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS NOW MANDATORY FOR STUDENTS TO WEAR FACEMASKS ON SCHOOL TRANSPORT UNLESS THEY HAVE AN EXEMPTION FROM DOING SO.
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.
- 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.
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:
|C085C||South West Coaches||Chilton Polden, Catcott, Crispin|
|C087B||South West Coaches||Cossington, Edington, Catcott, Crispin|
|C083C||South West Coaches||Stawell, Sutton Mallet, Moorlinch, Greinton, Pedwell, Crispin|
|C089E||P and V Minibuses||Frome, Shepton Mallet, West Pennard, Glastonbury|
|C506E||Taylors Coaches||Ashcott, Walton, Crispin|
|C973B||Arleen Coaches||Meare, Burtle, Shapwick, Crispin|
|C056E||South West Coaches||Butleigh, Keinton Mandeville, Barton St David, Littleton, Compton Dundon, Crispin|
|C005J||P and V Minibuses||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.
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 Anne Willetts 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 Anne Willetts at Somerset County Council:
Senior Transport Officer – Mendip
Somerset County Council
Tel: 0300 123 2224
For further details and information relating to school transport in Somerset, please visit the County website here.
Last Updated: February 2022