Travel to School
Concessionary transport: North Somerset does not provide transport beyond the compulsory age of 16, except for those with special needs. There is a concessionary travel scheme whereby a student not entitled to transport may be able to take up a spare seat on a hired vehicle. For enquiries, please contact North Somerset Council's home to school transport department.
Student First Southwest Cards (Bus): For travel by bus, young people (aged 16–21) and students of any age in full time education can get up to 30% discount on all tickets across the West of England (Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare and Wells). They will need to obtain a First Photo ID pass. These are free of charge and valid for one year from the date of issue. The pass must be shown to the driver on every journey. If none can be produced at the time of travel, then the ordinary adult single fare must be paid. To obtain a First Photo ID pass just visit a First Travel shop with a passport photo and proof of age to get a Young person’s photo ID, or download a form online. Alternatively, students in possession of a valid NUS Card, University ID card or International Student ID card can show their card to obtain the discount. Valid ID must be shown on every journey.
More information can be found on: firstgroup.com/bristol-bath-and-west/tickets/ticket-types/young-person-16-21-students
Out of Catchment Coach Service: The school runs a paying coach service covering South Bristol, Long Ashton, Failand and Flax Bourton. Sixth form students are also welcome to apply for a place on one of these buses. Places are limited and offered on a first come first served basis. Please see the Travel to School page for more information and details on how to apply.
Train: For students who wish to travel by train, GWR offer a 'Scholar' season ticket for 16-18 year olds who are in full-time study. The season ticket is valid for a specific, regular journey to and from school/college on Monday to Friday only, and can be bought either termly, or as a block of three terms (Term 1 is from September to December; Term 2 is from January to Easter and Term 3 is from Easter to July). It must be purchased before the student's 18th birthday and offers a substantial saving on the standard three-month adult season ticket price.
If you are interested in purchasing a GWR Scholar season ticket, you will need to call GWR direct on 0345 766 0228. This line is open between 9.00 am and 5.30 pm, from Monday to Friday. Payment can be made by credit or debit card.
Students may also wish to consider buying a 16-25 Railcard, which will give 1/3 off rail fares; this costs £30 for a year. However, we would point out that it is not possible to use this card for journeys before 10.00 am, so therefore not very useful for school travel. For more information and details on how to apply, please visit www.16-25railcard.co.uk
Car parking: There are usually limited spaces available for sixth form parking in school and Year 13 students are able to apply for a car, motorcycle or scooter parking permit by completing an application form and providing proof of insurance. Places are allocated on an individual basis, with priority given to those living furthest away and with limited access to public transport. It is unusual, therefore, for Year 12 students to be given permission to park in school.
However, the extensive building work being undertaken on the school campus for much of 2020-2021 will impact on the number of parking spaces on the school site. We have therefore taken the difficult decision to stop Sixth Form students parking on site to free up vital car parking spaces for members of staff. In the short term, students will be allowed to park in Backwell Leisure Centre car park, as long as they have a school approved permit. When parking off site, we ask students do so sensibly and with consideration to Backwell residents.
Bicycles: There is parking for bicycles.
NB. The 16-19 Bursary Fund makes it possible for students to claim back some of the costs they incur in travelling to school. However this is a means-tested scheme with a limited pot of money for the school to allocate. Details and application forms below.