Change to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services

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The West Yorkshire Combined Authority organises and subsidises a range of school bus services for around 25,000 pupils and students across West Yorkshire. These services are provided where suitable public transport services are not available.

The organisation uses a set of guidelines (see note below), approved by the Combined Authority in 2014, to determine whether a subsidised school bus service should be provided. These assume that pupils and students of secondary school age are able to use public transport where this is available. A “reasonableness” test is applied to establish this.

Note - Please be aware that these guidelines are different from local council School Transport Policies, which are used to determine if pupils are entitled to free travel. Entitlement to free travel will not be affected by the changes to the guidelines.

Given ongoing pressure to reduce local authority budgets, the Combined Authority must ensure that limited taxpayer investment is targeted where it is most needed. As a result, we are planning to revise the guidelines on the provision of subsidised school bus services from 1 July 2019 and are seeking the views of service users and other interested parties before doing so. The new guidelines would come into effect at the start of the new school year – 1 September 2019.

A copy of the proposed new guidelines can be found here.

The main proposed changes to the guidelines are:

  • Distance from school – Subsidised school bus services will not normally be provided where pupils are attending a school that is more than four miles (6.5 km) from their home address. It will be assumed in these cases that this is a matter of parental preference. We have developed an online map, which shows the area around schools that would normally be served.It is expected that pupils living outside this area would be provided transport on a commercial basis (see below) or would have longer public transport journeys. Discretion will be applied where schools are located in rural or semi-rural areas or where services serve rural or semi-rural communities.
  • Requests to serve new areas - Subsidised school bus services will not normally be introduced where currently no public transport link exists. As information on school services is publicly available, it will be assumed that parents have chosen a school in the knowledge that there is no direct public transport link and already have alternative transport arrangements in place.
  • Walking or cycling to school – Subsidised school bus services will not normally be provided for pupils who live less than 1.5 miles (2.4km) (30 minute walk) from their school. Pupils who live within this distance may be expected to walk or cycle to and from school. The online schools map also provides an indication of acceptable walking distances for each school.
  • Commercial school bus services – Subsidised school bus services may be withdrawn where commercial bus operators are willing to provide a service on the basis that parents meet the whole cost of the service (typically £500-£700 per child per year). It is expected that this would only apply to current services that fall outside of the new criteria.
  • Selective schools – Subsidised school bus services will not normally be provided where the school admissions policy is based on academic selection. It is expected that these would be replaced by commercial services as described above.
  • Post-16 – Subsidised school bus services will not normally be provided for young people in the 16-18 age group. In practice, many students in this age group do not travel at fixed times to and from school, and are usually confident public transport users.

Please note that, in applying the new guidelines, the Combined Authority would take all aspects affecting the journey from home to school into account.

A list of existing services that would be reviewed under the new guidelines can be downloaded here.

Please note that local councils fund some schools’ services because they meet (or were first introduced to meet) the needs of pupils who qualify for free travel under the local councils’ policies. A list of these of these services can be downloaded here. Unless local council funding is withdrawn, these services would not be affected without prior agreement with the relevant local council.

If you would like to comment on the changes to the guidelines, please complete the questionnaire using the link below before 15 March 2019.

Depending on the feedback received, the guidelines may be revised, subject the availability of funding. Any new guidelines (reflecting feedback received) will come into effect from 1 July 2019, with the new services running from 1 September 2019.

Get in touch:

You can get in touch and have your say in a number of different ways:

  • Complete our survey using the survey tool below (closing date 15 March). Please note this is for parents and pupils only.
  • Email us at yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk
  • Ask us a question using the Q & A tool below
  • Write to us at: FREEPOST Consultation Team (WYCA)

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Please be aware that the engagement period has now ended (Fri 15 March 2019). We are now processing and analysing the responses received. Please sign-up to this project page, or register to this Your Voice site to be kept informed of progress.


The West Yorkshire Combined Authority organises and subsidises a range of school bus services for around 25,000 pupils and students across West Yorkshire. These services are provided where suitable public transport services are not available.

The organisation uses a set of guidelines (see note below), approved by the Combined Authority in 2014, to determine whether a subsidised school bus service should be provided. These assume that pupils and students of secondary school age are able to use public transport where this is available. A “reasonableness” test is applied to establish this.

Note - Please be aware that these guidelines are different from local council School Transport Policies, which are used to determine if pupils are entitled to free travel. Entitlement to free travel will not be affected by the changes to the guidelines.

Given ongoing pressure to reduce local authority budgets, the Combined Authority must ensure that limited taxpayer investment is targeted where it is most needed. As a result, we are planning to revise the guidelines on the provision of subsidised school bus services from 1 July 2019 and are seeking the views of service users and other interested parties before doing so. The new guidelines would come into effect at the start of the new school year – 1 September 2019.

A copy of the proposed new guidelines can be found here.

The main proposed changes to the guidelines are:

  • Distance from school – Subsidised school bus services will not normally be provided where pupils are attending a school that is more than four miles (6.5 km) from their home address. It will be assumed in these cases that this is a matter of parental preference. We have developed an online map, which shows the area around schools that would normally be served.It is expected that pupils living outside this area would be provided transport on a commercial basis (see below) or would have longer public transport journeys. Discretion will be applied where schools are located in rural or semi-rural areas or where services serve rural or semi-rural communities.
  • Requests to serve new areas - Subsidised school bus services will not normally be introduced where currently no public transport link exists. As information on school services is publicly available, it will be assumed that parents have chosen a school in the knowledge that there is no direct public transport link and already have alternative transport arrangements in place.
  • Walking or cycling to school – Subsidised school bus services will not normally be provided for pupils who live less than 1.5 miles (2.4km) (30 minute walk) from their school. Pupils who live within this distance may be expected to walk or cycle to and from school. The online schools map also provides an indication of acceptable walking distances for each school.
  • Commercial school bus services – Subsidised school bus services may be withdrawn where commercial bus operators are willing to provide a service on the basis that parents meet the whole cost of the service (typically £500-£700 per child per year). It is expected that this would only apply to current services that fall outside of the new criteria.
  • Selective schools – Subsidised school bus services will not normally be provided where the school admissions policy is based on academic selection. It is expected that these would be replaced by commercial services as described above.
  • Post-16 – Subsidised school bus services will not normally be provided for young people in the 16-18 age group. In practice, many students in this age group do not travel at fixed times to and from school, and are usually confident public transport users.

Please note that, in applying the new guidelines, the Combined Authority would take all aspects affecting the journey from home to school into account.

A list of existing services that would be reviewed under the new guidelines can be downloaded here.

Please note that local councils fund some schools’ services because they meet (or were first introduced to meet) the needs of pupils who qualify for free travel under the local councils’ policies. A list of these of these services can be downloaded here. Unless local council funding is withdrawn, these services would not be affected without prior agreement with the relevant local council.

If you would like to comment on the changes to the guidelines, please complete the questionnaire using the link below before 15 March 2019.

Depending on the feedback received, the guidelines may be revised, subject the availability of funding. Any new guidelines (reflecting feedback received) will come into effect from 1 July 2019, with the new services running from 1 September 2019.

Get in touch:

You can get in touch and have your say in a number of different ways:

  • Complete our survey using the survey tool below (closing date 15 March). Please note this is for parents and pupils only.
  • Email us at yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk
  • Ask us a question using the Q & A tool below
  • Write to us at: FREEPOST Consultation Team (WYCA)

You can also use the tools on the right hand side to sign up to our mailing list to be kept informed about the development of this project using the box or register to be added to the Your Voice community where you will receive information on opportunities to have your say on a variety of projects.

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  • Why are these bus services being cancelled?

    Why Cancel Bus? asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your query. It is not clear from your question, which services you are referring to. If you could provide this information, I would be happy to let you know whether or not they are likely to be affected by the change to the guidelines. 

  • Guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services Where can i find the original guidelines please? I have searched the schools section of the website but can't see them there. Are they available for public viewing?

    SKT asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your query. Unfortunately this Q&A tool does not allow me to attach a document within this response. However, if you email your request to yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk and we will be happy to provide you with a copy of the guidelines. 

  • I am confused as to why the buses are being removed. I catch the 611, a double decker that is filled with students everyday. There is another bus that comes to Hemsworth, but does not cover Fitzwilliam. Also the W7 (bus stated above) is only a single decker, so it would be extremely cramped, and comes very early compared to the 611. Questions: Will the W7 stop coming to Hemsworth? Will people who catch the 611 in Fitzwilliam have to find another way to get to school? What will people do when there isn't enough room on the bus, and they aren't allowed on?

    Why Cancel Bus? asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your email. Given the rural and semirural nature of the communities that these serve and the location of St Wilfrid’s School, it is expected that services to this school from the Wakefield area will not be affected.

  • Hi Please can you explain what changes are proposed for the school bus service from Clifton to Brighouse High school- eg will there be no service/ will it be more expensive etc etc? I can not understand what the proposals are- even though I have read it a few times, so I can not complete the survey or object to the proposals unless they are made clear. I am sure other parents must have the same problem! Thank you

    JZ asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your email. This service is within the new guidelines and it is not expected that there will be any change.   

  • Any withdrawal of these services will have a detrimental effect on my son’s Catholic education at St Wilfrids school, north featherstone, limiting our choice. You expect young people to walk quite a distance for a bus, especially in there dark winter months ?

    Kerry asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your comment. Given the rural and semirural nature of the communities that these serve and the location of St Wilfrid’s School, it is expected that services to this school from the Wakefield area will not be affected.   

  • My child travels from Birstall to St John Fishers Dewsbury on JF1. We pay for the cost of this travel. Birstall is not noted as a place on the map. Will the bus still run from Birstall to St John Fisher?

    Rachel Jowett asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your email. Service JF1 is a commercial service (not contracted or directly subsidised by the Combined Authority) operated by Arriva. It would only be affected by the guidelines if  Arriva decided to cancel the service.

  • I can't use this site successfully. I have tried 5 times and don't understand if Beckfoot school Bingley is included in proposed changes. I have been sent an email from school so assumed it was

    Mum asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your email. Services to Beckfoot school meet the new criteria and so will not be affected. 

  • Why is the Bingley Grammar School bus not included for review? This is blatant discrimination. Why do some children risk losing their bus whilst others keep theirs regardless?

    Melanie Jones asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for email. Services to Bingley Grammar School are funded by Bradford Council. This is because they were originally introduced to accommodate children who qualified for free travel. They would be reviewed under the new guidelines if Bradford Council withdrew funding or asked the Combined Authority to  apply the guidelines to council funded services.

  • Please can you confirm if the K80 service from King James's School will remain the same.

    V Bottomley asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. The proposed change to the guidelines will not affect the operation of Service K80. 

  • From Martyn Tinsley questions below - his points were not answered; Please can you clarify? Q1. Are West Yorkshire Combined Authority therefore committing to only withdraw the current services IF a guaranteed commercial service is introduced to replace it? Q2. Secondly, we live outside the 4 mile boundary (Ripponden currently served by the M6 bus) and so can you also confirm that the replacement commercial service would also serve this full distance? Q3. If the problem you are facing is budget cuts, why are you not proposing to continue running the services, but without subsidising them? i.e. increasing costs to allow a 'break-even' service, instead of causing all of this uncertainty and worry for parents and pupils? Please can you now answer each question as many people share the same valid concerns.

    howard asked about 2 months ago

    To clarify our position, the Combined Authority is not planning to withdraw any services. If the guidelines are approved, the most likely outcome is that services would continue on the basis that parents collectively meet the cost of services. The Combined Authority would manage the process to ensure that service standards are maintained and that charges are the minimum required to cover the cost. If an operator is willing to provide a service on a commercial basis, we would have to be satisfied that the arrangements are acceptable in terms of service guarantees and ticket prices.

  • Has the walking and cycling route (where the school is 1.5miles away or less) been risk assessed? Where pupils would be expected to walk on footpaths in the dark, in areas of high crime or low visibility, or cycle on roads in order to get to and from school in winter as well as summer, it needs to be safe.

    JFJ asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. This aspect of the guidelines would be applied pragmatically taking account of both the safety and security of children. It is intended to address an issue whereby places are provided on buses for children who live a short distance from the school and only use the bus when, for example, it is raining. It is most likely, therefore, that the criteria will be used as a method of prioritising places rather than removing services.

  • Why are you not answering my questions or making or more public posts? The process appears to be selective and private.

    howard asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your comment. All questions asked to date are currently with the project team for response. We do aim to respond to all questions as soon as possible but, as I'm sure you can appreciate, we have received a large number of questions and emails relating to the proposals and it takes time to formulate responses. 

    The majority of questions are replied to publically. Those that are kept private are either to protect identity i.e. when an individual has disclosed personal information such as name or address within the question, or where the question/response relates specifically to an individual and would be of no use to anyone else e.g. 'I made an error in my survey response - can I amend it?'.

    Hope that helps.

  • Why is this survey only open to parents and pupils?

    Concerned Community Member asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your message. The survey is designed to capture the feedback of parents/carers and students as these are the most likely groups to be directly affected by the proposed changes. To this end, some of the questions are specifically tailored towards these groups and their current schooling/travel habits. However, we completely understand that a wide range of people may have an interest in the proposed changes and we welcome comments via email or post. All comments received will be included in the analysis. 

  • Website states 'The organisation uses a set of guidelines (see note below), approved by the Combined Authority in 2014, to determine whether a subsidised school bus service should be provided.' Please can you provide copy of or link of 2014 guidelines?

    howard asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your query. Unfortunately this Q&A tool does not allow me to attach a document within this response. However, if you email your request to yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk and we will be happy to provide you with a copy of the guidelines. 

  • Please can you advise a) what the existing subsidised cost is relative to the cost were the service to be provided on a private business arrangement as proposed for the academically selective schools. b) I note in one of your previous responses you advise that secondary schools have been asked to pass this information on to their feeder schools. Given that within Calderdale the academically selective schools form part of the secondary school provision can you confirm whether North Halifax and Crossley Heath have been asked to disseminate this information to all Calderdale primary schools? c) my understanding is that those using subsidised buses at the moment can use their 'pass' on service buses as well. Can I confirm my understanding from one of your earlier responses that not only will those attending an academically selective school have to pay a higher amount for their school bus under the proposed arrangements, they will also have to pay again if say they then used a service bus on one day due to commitments / activities at school? Thanks

    JHS asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comments regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    In answer to your questions above:

    a) On a subsidised service the cost for each child per academic year would be approximately £400 if a weekly Under 19 bus only ticket was used. If the existing services are withdrawn and commercial bus operators are willing to provide a service,  the typical cost of the service would be £500-£700 per child per year.
     
    b) All West Yorkshire schools have been contacted via email to advise of the engagement. It was requested that the information was disseminated to their feeder primary schools

    c) It would be a matter for the Bus Operator to decide what types of tickets are available to purchase.

  • Can you please confirm if my child current year 12 who catches the sm22. Will still be able to catch this bus with his younger sister in September 2019? Or will you expect him to catch up to 3 public buses to get to school? Also can you confirm that further changes to services not on the current list will not be cancelled in the future. As a tax payer I already contribute towards the funding for these bus services. My children’s education cannot be disrupted further by changing schools. Budget cuts in schools is already affecting their education.

    Suziemac asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comments regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    Priority is given to younger pupils when places on school services are allocated. However we will allocate all pupils that apply for a place provided capacity is available. 

    School services that do not appear on the list affected by the proposed changes to guideline are currently subsidised by the local council. If the local council decided to withdraw funding, the Combined Authority would not subsidise the service. The service would, however, continue but on the basis of parents meeting the whole cost (between £500 and £700 per year).

  • Hi can you tell me what this actually means, my daughter attends St Wilfrids Featherstone and catches the 582 or 613. Are you actually saying if you change the guidelines these buses won’t run? Thankyou Clair Bagshaw

    Clairbagshaw@yahoo.com asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comments regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    Transport in the Wakefield area is unlikely to be affected by the proposed changes to the guidelines.

  • I have found this very confusing and would be grateful if you would confirm what this actually means to me using the 610 to St Wilfrids from Pontefract. If these changes are agreed will this service be removed from September 2019? Thank you

    ljb asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comments regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    Transport in the Wakefield area is unlikely to be affected by the proposed changes to the guidelines.

  • My son goes to St Wilfrids catholic school in Feather stone. Questions Are the school buses to be stopped from Normanton? There is only one school bus my son can get on which is already packed. What buses will be provided to get kids to school safely into school grounds. Consider first year students starting high school, . their welfare and safety getting to and from school. Will they be abandoned at service bus stops on winter nights? We chose this school because it's a catholic school and the one nearest to us. We should not be penalized for choosing a school that indoctrinates our faith!

    Julie McGowan asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comments regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    Transport in the Wakefield area is unlikely to be affected by the proposed changes to the guidelines.

  • Can the WYCA confirm; The full cost benefit analysis savings for school bus services only, under government public consultation guidelines, and inline with Freedom of information Act Request for; -The whole of West Yorkshire -Calderdale -M6 bus route to Barkisland to NHGS with confirmed costs and subsidy per person for operating this service?

    howard asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your query. If you wish to make a Freedom of Information request you can do so by emailing freedom.info@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

  • My son will be in year 13 when this proposal will come into force. My understanding of the new proposal is that he will no longer have a place on the school bus AG4 which goes to Abbey Grange Academy. Is this correct, or is it that he will have a place but will have to pay more it? If he doesn’t have a place then his options are very limited (and not good) for getting to school via a normal service bus. The distance from school is less than the 4 miles as the crow flies but to travel by foot / car is 4.5 miles’ This is too far to walk and leaves the only option of going by car. I thought Leeds council wanted to reduce the number of car journeys not increase them?!

    GF asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comments regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    Priority is given to younger pupils when places on school services are allocated. However we will allocate all pupils that apply for a place provided capacity is available. 

  • My child attends catholic high school and may be affected this in my eyes is pure discrimination as there are no nearer catholic schools. I do not drive so am unable to get my child to school other that the bus service. My daughter would have to catch 2 buses to get to school and at 11yrs old do you feel that is safe on dark nights in a lonely area ?? I certainly do not. I travel on public transport and you feel very vunerable at times. I think it's a shameful that finance comes before safety.

    Polly asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comments regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    Your comments have been received and will be taken into consideration as a part of the analysis and reporting stage which follows public engagement.

  • I am having trouble seeing the list of council subsidised buses - I keep getting the CA funded list. Are they the same thing?

    E Smith asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your message. I have just had a look at this and found that one of the links was broken... apologies for the inconvenience this has caused. Both links should now lead to the correct documents. 

  • Have the Council considered the fact that preparation for the 11+ exams starts years before Year 7 entry. Financial commitments have already been made, from where we live (bus route) to expensive tuition fees. This proposal comes into effect within 7 months. Does the Council deem this as fair on parents who have made such commitments? Pupils and parents working very hard to pass entire ce exams should NOT been seen as negative, but as a positive contribution to the education system as a whole. Have the Council considered the Safeguarding implications of running private bus companies? Do parents have the same assurances from the Council? How will they be vetted? Will they be monitored? Do they have certain criteria that they need to meet? Is this a radical short term fix to plug a financial gap? Why should hard working parents be financially penalised again? Are their other areas of the Council that could look to make savings, other than Education?

    Kal asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your message.

    I must firstly make you aware that we are the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and not the local council. Council Transport Policies would not be affected by the change to Combined Authority’s guidelines. We are aware that decisions are made in primary school and have, therefore, asked secondary schools to pass on information about the engagement to their ‘feeder’ primary schools. All current school services are provided by private bus operators and this would not., therefore, represent a change to the current arrangements. The Combined Authority would still monitor services to ensure, for example, that drivers on dedicated school bus services had  been cleared by the DBS. The only difference being is that, on some services, parents would be required to meet the whole cost of the service. The purpose of changing the guidelines is to reduce costs but to do so in a fair way by providing schools transport where it is most needed. The Combined Authority is funded by the five West Yorkshire local councils through what is referred to as the ‘Transport Levy’. This has been reduced meaning that the Combined Authority will have to spend around £3 million per year less on subsidised bus services, including school services, by end of the 2020/21 financial year than it does currently. The adoption of the revised guidelines would contribute towards achieving these savings.
     
    I hope that this answers the points you have raised.

  • Will any of the services between Pudsey and St Mary's Menston be affected? Many thanks.

    HE asked 2 months ago

    No, these services are subsidised by Leeds City Council and would only be affected if the council withdrew funding. If this was to happen, the service would continue but on the basis of parents meeting the whole cost, which could be between £500 and £700 per year per child.     

  • Just to be clear If my children catch the school bus and we live in the green circle there's no change? Or will some of these buses be getting taken away? Sorry I thought I understood but am hearing conflicting messages Thanks

    Kerrie asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your email regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    The Combined Authority assesses the requirement for school bus services prior to the start of each academic year and services may be affected by other aspects of the current guidelines.

  • Where is this consultation being promoted? Is it being actively promoted to parents in all schools where there are school buses and to parents of year 6 and year 5 pupils where they will be needing bus services in the near future for secondary schools? What efforts are being made to ensure the sample of respondents is representative and large enough to rely upon?

    Mark99 asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your email regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    Information regarding the engagement has been sent to all Secondary Schools in West Yorkshire. Schools were asked to contact their feeder primary schools to publicise the engagement and encourage parents of prospective pupils to respond to the engagement.

  • My sons current bus route is CH29 Cardinal Heenan. Does this mean that this particular bus is potentially being withdrawn as from Sept 2019 ?

    Anthony Murphy asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your email regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    The CH29 service will not be affected by the implementation of the proposed changes to the guidelines

  • In response to other questions asked on this forum in relation to North Halifax Grammar school, you have replied with "The services at North Halifax Grammar school, which are currently subsidised by West Yorkshire Combined Authority may be withdrawn where commercial bus operators are willing to provide a service. This would be on the basis that parents meet the whole cost of the service (typically £500-£700 per child per year)." Q1. Are West Yorkshire Combined Authority therefore committing to only withdraw the current services IF a guaranteed commercial service is introduced to replace it? Q2. Secondly, we live outside the 4 mile boundary (Ripponden currently served by the M6 bus) and so can you also confirm that the replacement commercial service would also serve this full distance? Q3. If the problem you are facing is budget cuts, why are you not proposing to continue running the services, but without subsidising them? i.e. increasing costs to allow a 'break-even' service, instead of causing all of this uncertainty and worry for parents and pupils? Q4. Why are you not providing sufficient notice for these radical changes? We have absolutely no way of getting our child to NHGS using our own transport (we both work), and public bus services are not suitable due to timings etc. If WYCA are considering this kind of radical change we feel that it is completely inappropriate that it is being introduced so suddenly (only 7 months notice). We alongside other parents and their children make decisions around school selection on a variety of factors - a major one being the availability of bus services to the school. Given that children attend high school for 5/7 years, changes as radical as this need appriate notice periods to be given to allow parents to make properly informed long-term choices regarding school selection.

    Martyn Tinsley asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your email regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    Services will still be provided. However they will no longer be subsidised by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. The cost of these services would be met by parents.

  • My child uses the M8 bus from West Vale to North Halifax Grammar, I add credit to her young persons card, currently £37.80 a month. Can you confirm that payment by this method would be accepted by the commercial operators?

    SP asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your email regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    Only operators own tickets and fares would be available on these services. MCard under 19 weekly or monthly tickets would not be valid.

  • Hi I assume when you are talking about distance from home to school , this is as the crow flies? Thanks

    Alison asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your email regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    I can confirm that the distance is measured as the crow flies.

  • This is rather worrying about moving my two children in year 8 to a different school. Could you give us a date in which we would find out if the bus is to be taken off or revised to a different route so i can start to look for another school.

    Jackie asked 2 months ago

    The engagement closes on the 15th March, after which we will be analysing responses received and reporting the results. To register for updates please visit www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk

  • I am finding this consultation extremely difficult to understand in terms of the potential impact on my children . They use the P94/95 Walsden to Tod High and the Yelloways to North Halifax. There needs to be FAQ on this website to help parents understand. It doesn't seem to account for choice in which school we choose for our children which is what we are encouraged to do by the Government, parents are trying to do the best by their children which sometimes means travelling further to school . Children also have to carry very heavy rucksacks due to lack of lockers which means carrying a heavy bag for up to 30 mins if these proposals go through.

    Karen Smith asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your email regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    Your comments have been received and will be taken into consideration as a part of the analysis and reporting stage which follows public engagement. Your comments with regard to the FAQ’s have also been taken into account and these will be posted on to the website over the next few days. To find out more about the project or to register for updates please visit https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/schoolbuses

  • My daughters travel on SM23, is this route potentially being withdrawn? Is so my daughters would have to travel by 2 public buses.

    Pc asked 3 months ago

    The SM23 service will be unaffected by the changes to the guidelines as the costs of this service is currently met by Leeds Council.

  • Why is the M23 bus to North Halifax Grammar included on your review list (M24 isn't!). The M23 is a privately funded bus by parents and runs alongside the M24 which it only split from this summer. it receives and has never received any subsidy. Is this a typo?

    JJL asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your email regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    The map is for illustrative purposes to demonstrate the network of existing services currently available. The M24 is a service that I believe is organised and paid for by the school. It is not a service we are involved with.

  • I am concerned as a parent who lives in Copley & there is not a direct bus service to Ryburn for either 11-16 or 16-18. You say they can commercial bus services we only have 1 an hour, and that does not go up to Sowerby, 16 yr olds can’t drive. And with such an infrequent service, I am just concerned. This is for me and the many other parents at other schools who will be effected.

    Karen O’Neill asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your email regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    Ryburn Valley High School services are unaffected by the changes to the guidelines as the costs of these services are currently met by Calderdale Council.

  • What will this mean for children at North Halifax Grammer School please

    Samba asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your email regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    The proposed change to the existing guidelines which would affect services at North Halifax Grammar is that subsidised school bus services will not normally be provided where the school admissions policy is based on academic selection. 

    The services at North Halifax Grammar school, which are currently subsidised by West Yorkshire Combined Authority may be withdrawn where commercial bus operators are willing to provide a service. This would be on the basis that parents meet the whole cost of the service (typically £500-£700 per child per year).  This arrangement is already in place for services M7 & M23.

  • Hi, I note from your changes to the guidelines that it is proposed that subsisised buses will not be provided for selective schools, yet when you go onto the distance from school map and put in North Halifax Grammar it shows you a proposed service area. Why is this?

    Pam asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your email regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    The map is for illustrative purposes to demonstrate the network of existing services currently available.

  • Is it the proposal to stop buses from going any further than the 4 mile distance from the school? For example, the M1 from North Halifax goes through Bailiffe Bridge. Within this proposal, will the bus not go this far and stop at Lightliffe?

    Mark99 asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your email regarding the proposed changes to guidelines for the provision of secondary school bus services.

    The proposed change to the existing guidelines which would affect services at North Halifax Grammar is that subsidised school bus services will not normally be provided where the school admissions policy is based on academic selection. 

    The services at North Halifax Grammar school, which are currently subsidised by West Yorkshire Combined Authority may be withdrawn where commercial bus operators are willing to provide a service. This would be on the basis that parents meet the whole cost of the service (typically £500-£700 per child per year).  This arrangement is already in place for services M7 & M23.