School Transport

Orkney Islands Council provides school transport for pupils who live out with walking distance as outlined in the School Transport Policy.

Full details of School Transport including entitlement, catchment areas, collection/drop off points, code of conduct and provision for pupils with additional support needs is available on the following webpage:

Parents should remind their child(ren) that, in the interests of safety, good behaviour is expected from all pupils travelling on school transport and the code of conduct for bus users must be followed.

Almost 80% of our pupils travel to school by bus, the service currently being operated by Stagecoach and other conveyors. Parents normally apply for free transport when their child first starts at the school and then do not need to apply each year after that. Application forms are issued by us or by your primary school. In the winter months (October break until Easter) slightly more pupils are entitled to buses, the qualifying distance being 1.5 miles in winter and 2 miles in summer. These same distances also apply to pupils living up side-roads who may therefore have to cycle or walk to their nearest bus route. In general, pupils are picked up and set down as near as possible to their homes, on the ‘safe’ side of the road. The bus routes are organised by a rota of duty officers in the Education and Leisure and Housing Services Team (Tel: 873535) and any enquiries about pick-up times and places should be made to Stephen Crawford, Stromness Academy Business Manager (Tel: 850660). They also coordinate events during snowy weather and put announcements on Radio Orkney if any of the buses are not running; during severe weather they are constantly in touch with the schools. Orkney Islands Council also place a recorded message on their main number (Tel: 873535) which provides information on school closures. In addition to this, Orkney Islands Council use Twitter to post information about school closures. Parents may choose to sign up to this service, details of which can be found on the Orkney Islands Council Website in the OIC Twitter Guide. Parents/carers who are concerned about disruption to transport should, therefore, phone us (Tel: 850660).

Discipline on School Buses is a joint responsibility involving the school, the Education, Leisure and Housing Team, the parents and the bus operators: serious misconduct can result in a pupil being denied the right to travel on the bus. For the most part we rely on all concerned to understand that school rules apply on the bus just as they do during the school day; smoking, rowdiness and fighting remain strictly forbidden and instances of these should be reported to Miss Learmonth.