Pupils of compulsory school age are entitled to free school transport if they live beyond the statutory walking distance, which is 3 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 all travel arrangements and costs. Currently permits are available to purchase from Passenger Transport Services if there are seats on a vehicle hired for children who are entitled to free transport.
Richmond School runs three additional replacement bus services to serve those areas not covered by statutory transport provision put in place by the Local Authority.
Richmond School Replacement Bus Services
The RS1 Bedale Bus provides transport for students traveling from Masham and Bedale, as well as picking up students from Catterick Garrison.
The RS2 Northallerton and Catterick Bus provides transport for those students travelling from Northallerton, Catterick Village and the Garrison.
The RS3 Wensleydale Bus provides transport for students travelling from Middleham and Leyburn, as well as picking up students from Catterick Garrison.
All bus pass applications for the above services must be returned to Richmond School and NOT North Yorkshire County Council. Application forms (including direct debit instructions) and timetables are all available to download at the bottom of this page, and a dedicated email address has been set up firstname.lastname@example.org to receive applications and deal with any queries you may have.
The subsidised cost of an annual pass for 2019-20 is either £684 or £570, depending on the distance being travelled to and from school. Payment is made online by monthly direct debit, with the first payment taken in October and the final payment in July (ie 10 monthly payments of either £68.40 or £57.00). Payment details are requested during the application process and permits can only be released once this information has been received.
School Travel Support and Paid Travel Permits
If you have any questions regarding North Yorkshire County Council’s school transport provision please contact the School Transport Team on 01609 533693 or email email@example.com.
Alternatively, please follow this link which will take you to the Council’s School and College Transport page: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/school-and-college-transport. You will find detailed information about the Local Authority school transport policy including how to apply for a bus pass or a Paid Travel Permit, and links to school bus routes and timetables.
The main public transport provider between Richmond School and Colburn/ Catterick Garrison is the X26/X27 service run by Arriva. This service is extremely busy, and to date no commitment has been made by Arriva to increase the size and number of buses operating on this route.
Ongoing commitment to the use of the RS1, RS2 and RS3 bus services will be essential for them to be able to continue, and if numbers start to drop then the services may need to be withdrawn.
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.
If you have any further queries regarding the replacement bus services being provided by Richmond School please do not hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.