1.1 Warwick Independent Schools Foundation (WISF) is responsible for setting prices, routes and timetables for the School Bus Service. The bus providers who deliver the service are contracted in by WISF and are obliged to:
- provide vehicles that are sufficient for the number of passengers to be carried, including luggage capacity, and are adequately heated and ventilated and in a clean and tidy condition;
- clearly display the correct Route and Destination notices provided by WISF.
1.2 Parents / guardians are reminded to liaise only with the WISF Transport Team about the School Bus Service and not with the bus companies direct.
1.3 WISF (including the individual Schools) is responsible for communicating with parents / guardians over any changes to the published routes and timetables and with regard to any emergency situations.
1.4 Journeys may take longer than expected or may need to be diverted or cancelled. WISF will advise passengers of disruptions to service.
1.5 WISF may need to provide the bus providers with confidential information about pupils. The bus providers are obliged by their terms and conditions to treat any such information appropriately and only to pass on to others that which it is strictly necessary to do so.
1.6 Both WISF and the bus providers will have in place appropriate insurances for the School Bus Service provided for pupils.
1.7 Under the terms of the contract between WISF and the bus providers, all drivers will have undergone the same level of safeguarding checks as WISF carries out for its own staff, and will be properly qualified for driving the school buses. The vehicles used will also be compliant with all relevant regulatory requirements including safety checks.
1.8 Neither WISF nor the bus provider is responsible for, nor accepts liability for:
- any loss, damage or injury to a passenger entering or leaving the vehicle or leaving their seat whilst the vehicle is in motion;
- the loss or damage of luggage where the bus provider has taken all reasonable care of the items, although insurance is in place to cover any such loss or damage where negligence can be demonstrated;
1.9 The bus providers are asked to take care of lost property and return it to WISF / the pupil (via the bus driver) or the relevant School for return to its rightful owner without charging for the storage or return of the items.
1.10 The bus provider reserves the right to apply a charge towards the costs of cleaning any Vehicle soiled as a result of any passenger consuming alcohol, smoking or using drugs, which WISF understands are strictly prohibited – or if a Vehicle has been damaged by a student.
1.11 Parents are reminded that they should never try to pull in front of any of the SBS coaches in an attempt to catch them up if they are running late. Buses are fitted with CCTV and on the public highway this is treated as a driving offence - the bus drivers have been instructed to contact the Police immediately. Any parents found to have committed such an offence, will be referred to the Foundation’s Head of Health & Safety, Transport Committee and senior academic teams for further consideration. Such breaches which risk the safety of all the pupils on the bus, may result in the family being removed from the SBS
1.12 Save in exceptional circumstances, the driver is not permitted to allow passengers to get on or off when the vehicle is in motion, held up in traffic or stationary at traffic lights. At bus stations and designated stops, passengers cannot be picked up once the driver has signalled his intention for the vehicle to leave the stop.
1.13 Prior to the use of this service all parents / guardians should read through these terms and conditions with their child and ensure that the conditions of this service are understood by the child before utilisation of the service commences.
1.14 Utilisation of this service constitutes acceptance of all terms and conditions set out herein.