Travelling to School

Many of our students catch a bus to school each day. Bus services cover a wide area, including Hampton in Arden, Meriden and certain areas of Coventry. Bus Services to Heart of England School are operated by the following companies and the most up to date information can be found on their websites. Students travelling from Marston Green will need to access train services to Berkswell Station.

Routes and Timetables

Claribels Tel: 0121 789 7878

197 and 825 services have now been combined. The new route has changed and will no longer include Marston Green. Details regarding the revised route for the combined 197 and 825 services are available from Claribels. Students travelling form Marston Green will need to access train services to Berkswell Station.

De Courcey Travel Tel: 02476 302656

Diamond Buses Tel: 0121 322 2222

Johnson’s Coaches (Public Bus Service) Tel: 01564 797070

Marcus Lewis Coaches Tel: 02476 594290

Bus Passes and Fares

For students who live within the Solihull Metropolitan Borough to qualify for travel assistance the child must meet all of criteria (a) (b) and (c)

  1. The child must live permanently in Solihull
  2. The child must be attending a suitable qualifying school
  3. The child must be of compulsory school age and either (4) or (5)
  4. The child must live more than the statutory walking distance from their suitable qualifying school
  5. The child lives under the statutory walking distance and cannot reasonably be expected to walk to the school, even when accompanied, because of their special educational need, disability or mobility problems (subject to assessment of need.)

All enquiries should initially be sent to:

  • School Transport, Council House, Manor Road Solihull, B91 3QB. 0121 704 6610.

More comprehensive information and an application form can be found at:

  • Help with travelling to school: (Solihull Council Website)

Students not entitled to a free bus pass may purchase one from the appropriate bus company. Students travelling on the newly combined 825 and 197 service can purchase passes through Solihull Council. They currently cost £300 per annum or £107 per term.

Behaviour

High standards of behaviour are expected at all times to ensure safety when students are travelling on buses.  We know that most of you behave well on the journey to and from school, but sometimes the behaviour of a few can make the journey unpleasant or dangerous for others. Action will be taken to support and discipline students who choose to ignore our non-negotiables in school or off site.

The behaviour of students will be monitored by the bus driver and any unacceptable behaviour will be reported to the school, this may result in disciplinary measures such as restrictions being placed on the student and their use of use of school transport.

In severe cases to ensure everyone’s safety, a student may be banned from using the school bus. In this instance parents/carers would need to make alternative transport arrangements.

To ensure that everyone stays safe the following behaviours should be adhered to:

  • Arrive at the bus stop in time and wait safely
  • Keep the bus tidy by taking your litter home with you
  • Be polite to the driver and do not do anything to distract him/her
  • Stay in your seat and keep noise to a minimum
  • Look after your belongings and don’t forget to take all of your belongings with you when you get off the bus

End of School Day

At 3.25pm, the end of each school day, students using buses should assemble on the school yard where they will be supervised by staff.  Students will be released in an orderly manner as their bus arrives.  If a student misses the bus the school will take steps to ensure that they are transported home safely, which may initially involve students making a phone call to parents.  Students are not allowed to leave the premises if they miss their bus, without first consulting with Mr Livingstone or their Pastoral Manager.

Frequently Asked Transport Questions

When will my child receive their free bus pass?

These bus passes will be sent to the school and distributed to students when they arrive.

How do I buy a bus pass and how much do they cost?

Passes for routes operated by De Courcey Travel are obtained directly from them. They currently cost £325 per annum or £115 per term.  SMBC passes for the newly combined 825 and 197 service are purchased through Solihull Council.  They cost £300 per annum or £107 per term.

Will I need photographs for my bus pass?

Photographs are needed for De Courcey bus passes but not passes issued by Solihull Council.

What if I haven’t received my bus pass at the start of term? Will I be allowed on the bus and will I need to pay?

There is a grace period of one week for De Courcey buses and a month on Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council routes when students are allowed on the buses even if they have not received their passes.

Where do buses stop in the morning and at what time?

This information can be found on the bus company websites or by contacting the bus company directly.

Where do I wait for the bus after school?

At 3.25pm, the end of each school day, students using buses should assemble on the school yard behind the main sports hall where they will be placed into bus lines and supervised by staff.  Students will be released in an orderly manner as their bus arrives.  Students travelling on the 87 public bus should make their way directly to the public bus stop on Gipsy Lane.

What if the bus does not come to my stop in the morning?

Students are advised to have the school number with them. If the bus does not arrive they should notify parents and contact school for further advice.

What if I miss the bus in the morning or after school?

If a student misses the bus in the morning they should call their parent/carer. If they miss their bus after school, we will take steps to ensure that they are transported home safely, which may initially involve students making a phone call to parents.  Students are not allowed to leave the premises if they miss their bus, without first consulting with Mr Livingstone or    another member of staff on bus line duty. During the first week in September, Year 7 students will finish their school day 5 minutes earlier to allow them more time to make their way to the bus lines on the school yard.

If I am going to my friend’s house with them on the bus can I pay cash and if yes how much is it?

Yes, you can. It costs £1.10 per trip

Please note that all information was correct at time of going to press.