School Transport

Pupils of compulsory school age are entitled to free school transport if they live beyond the statutory walking distance to school, which is three miles for students in years 7 to 11.  It is North Yorkshire County Council’s responsibility to make arrangements for all eligible children to travel to school in safety and comfort, but it is the responsibility of the parent or carer to ensure that children attend school.

If children attend a school that is not the nearest or normal school (ie the school the Local Authority has decided will serve your home address), parents are usually responsible for the travel arrangements and costs. Permits are available to purchase from Passenger Transport Services if there are spare seats on a vehicle hired for children who are entitled to free transport. The Council advises that decisions about your preferences of school should not be based on current availability of transport, as places are reviewed on an annual basis and may not be available every year.

For information and to apply for a paid travel permit for 2016-17, please click here.

School Transport Provision

The school has already experienced the impact of cuts to school transport provision during the 2014-15 academic year. The difficulty that some parents found themselves in was recognised, and the school intervened by subsidising affected services to ensure that they were able to run until August 2017.  Following discussions with school transport providers, the school is currently running the following services, and have agreed to continue running these for 2017-18.

Students will be notified whether they have been allocated a place on the three Richmond School routes the week commencing 18th August 2017, and passes will be posted home by 25th August 2017. If you no longer need a pass that you have been allocated and received, please contact school at the first instance so that the place can be given to someone else, and so that you are not asked for payment. 

RS1 - Bedale Bus

The Bedale Bus was initially set up to bring students in from the Bedale area to attend our Sixth Form.  However, as there is nothing to prevent our younger students using this service, a new route has been agreed with the bus company to incorporate additional pick up points through Catterick Garrison. Please consult the timetable below for details of pick up points and the cost of using this service. 

If you would like to sign up for the Bedale Bus service please complete and return the application form below as soon as possible. Passes will be allocated on a first come first served basis, with priority given to students due to attend the Sixth Form from September 2017, and those students currently traveling on the service. Ultimately, the size of the bus that operates will be determined by the number of students that sign up to use the service.

RS2 - Catterick Village and Garrison Bus

The Catterick Village & Garrison Bus is also a service that has been operated by the school since September 2016, specifically to provide transport for those students traveling from Catterick Village and the Garrison. Please consult the timetable below for details of pick up points and the cost of using this service. 

If you would like to sign up for the Catterick Bus service please complete and return the application form below as soon as possible. Passes will be allocated on a first come first served basis, with priority given to students due to attend the Sixth Form from September 2017, and those students currently traveling on the service. Ultimately, the size of the bus that operates will be determined by the number of students that sign up to use the service.

RS3 - Wensleydale Bus

The Wensleydale Bus is a service that has been operated by the school since September 2016, providing transport for students traveling from Middleham and Leyburn, which will also pick up students from Catterick Garrison. Please consult the timetable below for details of pick up points and the cost of using this service. 

If you would like to sign up for the Wensleydale Bus service please complete and return the application form below as soon as possible. Passes will be allocated on a first come first served basis, with priority given to students due to attend the Sixth Form from September 2017, and those students currently traveling on the service. Ultimately, the size of the bus that operates will be determined by the number of students that sign up to use the service. 


Your ongoing commitment of the use of each of these services is essential for them to be able to continue, and if numbers start to reduce then the services may need to be withdrawn.  Efforts are continuing with local operators to try and expand the number of commercial services available to students attending Richmond School.  Unfortunately, it is likely that home to school transport provision will continue to reduce in future years.  Whilst the school will do all that it can to help, it should be remembered that parents of students attending Richmond School from out of catchment are ultimately responsible for all transport arrangements and costs.


For further information please visit North Yorkshire County Council’s website http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/article/23550/School-transport, but if you have any queries regarding the Bedale Bus, Catterick Village and Garrison Bus, or the Wensleydale Bus services please do not hesitate to get in touch using the contact details provided below.

Sophie Murray, Finance Officer

Tel: 01748 828 133       Email: smurray@richmondschool.net