Our Lady of Sion School in Worthing making it an ideal choice for families living around the Sussex area who are looking for a local independent school. Our minibus transport service provides a convenient, safe and environmentally sensible way for girls and boys aged seven and above to travel between home and school.
School Minibus Transport Service
We currently operate two minibus services covering:
- Route 1 – Storrington, Washington, Findon, Offington, and Broadwater
- Route 2 – East Preston, Rustington, Angmering, Patching and Grand Avenue
Two new minibus services are in the pipeline to start in September
- Route 3 – Arundel
- Route 4 – Hove, Shoreham
Every weekday, the school minibus runs a return service to Senior School. Junior School children can use the bus if they are in KS2 or have a sibling in KS2 upwards that they can travel with. On arrival at the School, Junior School-aged children are escorted into the building by our fully trained bus drivers.
We operate regularly maintained school minibuses, using our own bus drivers, all of whom are trained and safety checked. All users are required to wear a seat belt.
The school minibuses are grey and have the school name and logo clearly visible on them.
School minibus stops, timetable and costs
The timetables and exact stops for the new minibus routes will be confirmed in due course.
The minibus fees are reviewed annually and parents are notified of the fees for the following school year at the end of each Spring Term.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I suggest another minibus stop?
Whilst minibus routes and stops will be reviewed regularly, we will consider adding new stops, ideally designated bus stops, on existing routes for added convenience.
What time does my daughter or son need to be at the bus stop?
School minibus users must be at their chosen bus stop 5 minutes before the allocated time. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to ensure that their children are at their stop in plenty of time.
What happens if children are late getting to the bus stop?
Owing to the full timetable and need to pick up other children, our minibuses have to depart each stop on time (never early) and aren’t able to wait for latecomers or for children to get out of waiting cars. It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to get their child to school if they miss their minibus.
What happens if the school minibus is delayed?
If the school minibus does not arrive at your stop in the morning within 10 minutes of its scheduled time, please call Reception at the School for an update on 01903 204063 or 01903 237676 or email Mr Mongar: email@example.com. In the rare event that a minibus breaks down, the School will provide alternative transport as soon as possible. Any users will remain on the minibus with the driver until a new minibus arrives. All children arriving late to School should report in person to Reception.
What happens if the weather is very poor?
The School will only close if the weather prevents staff and pupils travelling safely. In the event of such weather, parents will be informed via Clarioncall, text, social media and website alert before the first minibus pick up time.
What happens if my child has heavy/bulky luggage?
The drivers are happy to help store heavy and bulky luggage safely. It is your child’s responsibility to take all of their luggage off the minibus. Lost property is handed into Reception at the Senior School.
Who supervises the journey?
The driver will stop the minibus and report any unsafe behaviour, to which the School’s disciplinary policies may apply.
What happens if my child stays on for an after school club or activity?
This is what many families do if their children stay at School for an after school club or activity after 4pm:
- Car sharing with another family
- Travelling with a friend on public transport part or all the way home
- Staying until the Library closes and then picked up by a parent
We hold a new parents’ event in September, where you can network and meet friends of your child. The School can also assist with putting you in touch with possible car sharers/travel companions nearby.
How to sign up to the school minibus service
Applications can be made at any time, although early booking is encouraged to secure a space. Spaces are subject to availability and a waiting list system is used. Prospective parents should email the Admissions Registrar in the first instance: firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply for a minibus place, please email: email@example.com
The commitment to use the minibus service is for a minimum of one term. Refunds cannot be made in the event of a pupil being unable to use the bus for any reason. Requests to cease the use of bus service must be by a half term’s written notice.
CODE OF CONDUCT
For a safe and enjoyable journey:
- Seat belts must be worn at all times
- No standing
- Food and drink should not be consumed on board
- Help other passengers, if needed, and be considerate to them
- No shouting and do not distract the driver unless it’s an emergency
- Please do not play loud music
Suggestions or feedback about the school minibus service
Feedback is always welcome – please email firstname.lastname@example.org