We are very aware that many families have been unhappy about arrangements and communication regarding school transport which started again today. It is a massive undertaking and involves many stakeholders: the children and young people, their families, the school, Birmingham City Council Travel Assist who commission the service and employ the guides, and National Express Accessible Transport (NEAT) who provide the buses, employ the drivers and work out the routes. Jayne Griffiths , who is Victoria School's Transport Coordinator has been working tirelessly, assisted by Di Tate, Pastoral Care Manager, to liaise with Travel Assist and NEAT to identify the gaps in service so they can be rectified. We appreciate your patience while this is sorted out. Parents who choose to drive their own children are eligible to apply for a cash mileage allowance. Application is via Travel Assist. Hopefully the initial problems will soon be ironed out and transport will resume working effectively.
We have 2 extra buses this year: 32 buses plus taxis and parent pick-ups. Therefore, we need to maintain the double pick-up times in the afternoon. Buses: 6, 17, 18, 23 and 26 , together with taxis and parents picking up will only be able to enter the car park after the first run of 27 buses has departed, usually at about 3.15-3.20pm. This means that all children should depart school by 3.35pm.
Please do keep in touch with us regarding any transport difficulties.