Lourdes Transport

The service run by the Our Lady of Lourdes Multi Academy Company covers the Bromsgrove and surrounding areas and serves St Bede’s Catholic Middle School and St Augustine’s Catholic High School.  Applications are made directly to Lourdes Transport for this services.  

The safety and welfare of the riders is paramount therefore the service is provided using well equipped coaches driven by DBS checked and experienced drivers.   Behaviour in very important and misbehaviour will not be tolerated.  Each rider must sign a behaviour contract before they will be permitted to use the transport provision.

The final routes will be published after the application deadline.  The current pickup/drop off points will remain if there is a child wishing to board from that point.  New points will be added to accommodate new post code points along  the  route in operation.  Therefore it is advisable to refer to the current routes for information.

As Our Lady of Lourdes Multi Academy Company makes a contribution to the running of the transport services the fares stated are therefore non-negotiable.  Students in receipt of Pupil Premium can make applications directly to their school to be considered for financial support.

Worcestershire County Council provide assistance for those meeting their criteria.  Applications must be made directly to Worcestershire County Council for consideration.  Please visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20045/school_and_college_travel for further information.

The application window closed on Friday, 3rd July 2020 for September 2020, late applications are accepted, please complete an application form.

  • Single £535
  • Double £890 must be siblings living in the same house
  • Triples please contact mactransport@lourdesmac.org.uk

Fares can be paid in 9 installments, a £15 administration charge will be incurred.

6th Form Students

We are able to offer a term by term charge for 6th form students, subject to availability. Please contact mactransport@lourdesmac.org.uk   Please note due to the Summer break responses may be delayed

Covid 19 Information September 2020

September 2020 MAC Transport Guidance document V1

Our transport provider Kev’s Coaches and Cars have worked closely with us to ensure our coaches and procedures are in line with the Government guidance on student transport.  Please note the information below will be updated in line with amendments made to the guidance.  

To help keep your child and fellow students safe, your child should NOT travel if:

  • they are feeling unwell or experiencing any coronavirus symptoms
  • they have tested positive for coronavirus and are within the 10 day incubation period or sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms
  • they have been advised by the NHS test and trace to self-isolate
  • they have returned from abroad and government guidance states they need to quarantine for 14 days

Cleaning and hygiene measures:

  • pupils are encouraged to wash hands/use sanitiser prior to boarding and on disembarking from the vehicle; Kev’s Cars and Coaches will be asked to provide hand sanitiser where they can
  • the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it approach is very important; pupils are encouraged to carry tissues which after use should be disposed of in a covered bin
  • Kev’s Cars and Coaches will be following government guidance on vehicle cleaning by cleaning regularly touched objects and surfaces e.g door handles, handrails etc more often than usual
  • Kev’s Cars and Coaches should be ensuring all vehicles are well ventilated

The Journey:

  • all riders must have a valid coach pass to travel on the dedicated school transport
  • government guidance has confirmed that social distancing on dedicated school and college transport vehicles will not be mandatory from September (it remains a requirement on the public transport network), however, where possible distancing should be maintained
  • we expect riders to be socially distanced whilst queuing, boarding and alighting vehicles where possible
  • where possible how riders are grouped together on transport should reflect the bubbles or year groups that are adopted within school; riders are requested to sit in their school bubble
  • whilst travelling, pupils should always stay seated, avoid physical contact, face forwards and away from others, and not shout or raise their voices
  • we do not expect drivers to police pupil behavior; their role is to focus on driving the vehicle safely; where riders do not behave in accordance with the behavior contract and/or generate an unacceptable safety risk to staff or other passengers, they will be refused transport  without notice

Face Coverings: 

  • face coverings for riders over the age of 11 are recommended therefore we are requesting all riders over the age of 11 use a face covering
  • it is recognised that face coverings may not be appropriate for some children, those not wearing face coverings should not be challenged around this; as children may have health conditions which are not visible to others
  • riders should be made aware of how to wear a face covering and instructed not to touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing them; they must wash their hands immediately on arrival (as is the case for all pupils), dispose of temporary face coverings in a covered bin or place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag they can take home with them, and then wash their hands again before heading to their classroom

Response to any infection:

  • if your child develops symptoms, do not allow your child to board a coach and book a test; should the result be positive inform the school immediately and inform them of the coach they get and seat they travel in
  • local health protection teams will identify people who have been in close contact with a person who tests positive for coronavirus and tell them what they need to do
  • rider records will be maintained and made available for purpose of the NHS test and trace service;  if there is a positive case this will be used to identify those surrounding children who need to self isolate; 
  • should a positive case be linked to a coach, parents need to be prepared to collect their children if told within the school day they need to self isolate
  • drivers, passenger assistants and families, on behalf of children will need to be ready and willing:
    • to provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they test positive for coronavirus or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
    • to self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus, or if anyone in their household develops symptoms of coronavirus

If you have a query regarding MAC Transport please email mactransport@lourdesmac.org.uk

 

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