At Queensbury School Pupil Guides are provided to escort pupils to and from school. There are 13 Minibus Guides and 20 Public Transport Guides.
There is a school policy to support students become as independent as possible. To this end as many pupils as possible to travel on public transport with a Pupil Guide initially and to eventually progress to independent travel. A system of training, risk assessments and ability assessments are followed to ensure the safety of the young people prior to them becoming independent travellers.
New Intake parents are notified of the travel arrangements for pupils before the end of the Summer Term. Parents are notified that although their child may have been allocated minibus transportation whilst at primary school, he/she may be allocated to a guide who travels on public transport when they start at Queensbury School.
If a child is allocated a place on a minibus parents will be notified of all the details before the end of the Summer Term, although it will not be possible to let them know the name of the Guide before September as the minibus transport is organised by Education Transport.
Public Transport (Guided)
If a child is allocated a Guide on public transport, parents are instructed to bring child to school on the first day at 9.00am in order to meet the Guide. A free school bus pass and identification card will be obtained for them. They will be notified of the arrangements concerning the application for these items before the end of the Summer Term.
Parents are notified of the difficulty in obtaining Relief Guides when their child`s usual Guide is absent for any reason. It is usual that the minibus does not run on the first day of an absence (unless the Guide has requested leave of absence in advance). Parents are asked to escort their child to and from school if at all possible. Thereafter it is usually possible to obtain a Relief Guide for minibus routes. However, it is very difficult to find Relief Guides for public transport Pupil Guides due to the nature of the travel. For example, the Relief Guide may not be familiar with the bus routes, able to identify the children or know all the meeting times/places for each child. If possible, other Pupil Guides may be able to escort the pupils on a temporary basis along with their own pupils whilst the pupils` usual Guide is absent.