To be read in conjunction with the Pupil Code of Conduct and OSBP’s Frequently Asked Questions
Booking, bus passes and cancellation | Fares, costs and billing | Travel | Our service | Children travelling on OSBP coaches | Parents/carers
1. Booking, bus passes and cancellation:
- Pupils from each of the OSBP schools who have booked an annual seat will be able to travel on the service. We would recommend that children from the school age of Year Three and above are most eligible for independent travel.
- Children must carry their pass with them and have it available for inspection by the driver if asked to do so.
- Passes are not transferable and will be invalid if altered, mutilated or defaced.
- Priority booking will be given in the following order:
- Pupils travelling from outside Oxford on 5-days a week AM & PM.
- Pupils travelling from outside Oxford on 5-days a week AM or PM.
- Pupils travelling within Oxford on 5-days a week.
- Travel on ad-hoc days.
- We will seek to confirm places as soon as possible but reserve the right to decline requests for travel where there is no seat availability.
- Parents must sign-up for the year from Term 1. Payment is then divided equally across all three terms.
- The commitment is to sign up to the service for a year. If for any reason you consider that there are issues with the service that can be proven, cancellation will be possible.
Back to top
2. Fares, costs and billing
- We appreciate that the OSBP network is serving 5 different schools in Oxford and for some older pupils they might have quicker journeys if they interchange to a public bus for the final leg of their journey to school. In these cases, for holders of Zone 2, 3, 4 or 5 passes, OSBP will subsidise the cost of your OSBP bus fare to reflect the amount paid for the public bus. This information should be provided when you complete your booking form.
- Where the youngest children on a route (ie: from prep or junior schools) are required to go to after-school care before their bus arrives, parents will not be required to pay for this childcare if they hold a Zone 2, 3, 4 or 5 OSBP pass. This information should be provided when you complete your booking form.
- There is a sibling discount of 10% on the 2nd child’s fare and on any subsequent child travelling to an OSBP member school. Please fill in one form per child clearly identifying the lead child and siblings on each form.
- Payment for travel will be via your child’s school, billed through the school fees’ or Extras invoicing arrangements.
- A child can split their regular journeys across two routes e.g. where parents may live at different addresses. Please clearly identify your routes/ stops on your booking form and your days/ times of travel.
- Pupils will be able to occasionally travel on other routes (within the same fare zone) using their passes, subject to seat availability.
- OSBP will aim to be as flexible as possible in terms of allowing friends to travel on services occasionally. Further clarification will be provided once demand for services is known.
- If a pupil loses their bus pass, a replacement will be issued and a £10 administrative charge will apply.
Back to top
- Pupils must be ready to board the bus at the agreed time. They should be at the stop 5 minutes before pick-up time as the bus will not wait.
- Parents/carers must be at the drop-off location to meet their children (where agreed in advance). Failure to do so will cause delay to services and the pupil may lose their right to travel.
- The OSBP bus services will run on every day that at least one of the OSBP schools is open. For 2017/18, days of operation are as follows (all dates are inclusive):
- Tuesday 5th September 2017 to Friday 20th October 2017
- Monday 30th October 2017 to Friday 15th December 2017
- Thursday 4th January 2018 to Friday 9th February 2018
- Monday 19th February 2018 to Thursday 29th March 2018
- Tuesday 17th April 2018 to Friday 25th May 2018
- Monday 4th June 2018 to Wednesday 11th July 2018
- When schools finish early at the end of term, buses will operate as usual for the journey to school but a mid-day return service will not be provided.
Back to top
4. Our service:
- Once booking forms have been received by the deadline for returns, timetables and stops will be finalised. Timetables/ routes may be adjusted to reflect demand.
- As demand for the service changes or as a result of local roadworks, it may be necessary for the route to be changed from that published. OSBP will provide parents with as much notice as possible of any changes.
- OSBP reserves the right to give at least an academic term’s notice to cease the service in the event of the service being significantly undersubscribed or by factors outside our control.
Back to top
5. Children travelling on OSBP coaches should:
- Sign and adhere to the OSBP Code of Conduct for pupils.
- Report any issues with on-board behaviour. Parents should report these to OSBP’s Transport Co-ordinator who will liaise with schools, parents and operators to resolve any concerns.
- Pay attention to the journey and make sure that they are alert and ready to disembark at their stop. On the return (PM) journey, if a pupil misses their stop it is their responsibility/their parents' responsibility to ensure they get home safely.
Back to top
- Parents/carers should inform OSBP of any changes of telephone number or other contact information.
- Parents/carers will work with their respective school to address any behavioural problems that occur on the bus. The child’s use of the service may be suspended or withdrawn if the problem cannot be resolved.
- For younger children, parents/carers must be clear on arrangements as to how their child will walk to/from the bus at the school-end. OSBP’s Transport co-ordinator will liaise with the school and the parent to facilitate this but the responsibility remains with the parent/carer.
Back to top