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Smithdon High School


Many of our Year 7 to 11 students travel to school by bus, with the remainder walking, cycling or being driven by parents.  

Most bus services arrive at the school site, where children are met from the bus by staff in a well-rehearsed routine to ensure safety on site.  The drop-off point is by the first entrance into the school's hard-play area, close to the entrance to Downs Road.  Buses enter Downs Road, turn at the end of the road, and then drop off their passengers on the way back out.  This means that there is often a queue of buses occupying the road between 08.05 and 08.25.  Vehicular access for private vehicles can be tricky during these times, as buses occupy one carriageway while dropping off their passengers.  We therefore ask parents dropping off children by car not to enter Downs Road between these times, but to drop students where they can use the crossing over the main road to access the school site.

All students should enter the school site by the first gate onto the hard-play area.  The Reception entrance towards the end of Downs Road, with its associated staff and visitors car park, is for staff and visitor use only.

Please note that students travelling to school by bus should arrive at their bus stop at least 10 minutes prior to the bus departure time and wait for at least 30 minutes in the event of a late bus.  On departure, staff duty teams organise the loading of the buses one at a time from the safety of the hard-play area, to ensure an orderly exit from school.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding school transport please contact the Pastoral Managers.