3.1 WISF expects all pupils to abide by the same standards of behaviour / conduct, as they do within the Schools various premises. For further clarification, please ensure you read all School communications in this regard and if necessary, the Expulsion, Removal & Review Policy.
3.2 WISF does not provide supervisors for each journey. Parents/guardians are expected to support the bus drivers and the Schools in ensuring pupils respect the requirements of them during journeys as laid out below.
3.3 Pupils must carry a valid pass at all times when using the School Bus Service.
3.4 If a pupil does not present and scan a valid School Bus Service pass to the driver when boarding the coach, the pupil will not be permitted to travel, and the driver has the right to refuse the pupil entry on to the coach
3.5 Pupils are prohibited from defacing or damaging their School Bus Pass. If a pupils pass is damaged or is lost, the parent / guardian must contact to WISF Transport team on 01926 735409 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a replacement. The parent / guardian will be required to pay the replacement charge of £10.00 before the replacement pass is issued.
3.6 Pupils may be required to present and / or scan their pass to other staff representing the coach operator, or to a member of the WISF transport team. Pupils must cooperate fully in presenting their pass to staff.
3.7 During the journeys, pupils are responsible for and expected:
- to stay seated and wear their seatbelts at all times during the journey and never to move around the vehicle when it is moving;
- never to get on or off the bus before it stops moving;
- to have their bus pass available at all times for inspection;
- to do as they are asked by the driver;
- not to distract the driver;
- to respect children of all ages who are using the bus including not to use inappropriate or crude language or to swear;
- to respect children of all ages who wish to sit in any area of the coach, in particular double decker coaches;
- not to lean out of the windows;
- not to throw anything in the vehicle;
- not to store items such as bags or clothing on to seats upon boarding the coach. Adequate storage for most items is available overhead or under-seat. Larger items can be stored in the under-storage area of the coach at the coach driver’s discretion. To request to store a large item in the under storage are of the coach please contact email@example.com 48 hours in advance who will arrange this with the coach provider;
- to eat and drink sensible items in a respectful manner and to clear any debris before exiting their coach. Pupils are not to eat cakes, chocolate and drink fizzy drinks on the coaches.
For ease of references, these “dos and don’ts” are attached to this document on an additional sheet for sharing with pupils.
3.8 Any pupil who fails to meet the above standards of behaviour will be:
- referred to the Pastoral Team the first time they are reported for misbehaviour – oral warning;
- referred to the Pastoral Team the second time they are reported for misbehaviour – written warning;
- barred from using the school bus service the third time they are reported for misbehaviour – Pastoral Team support.
3.9 If a driver is concerned about a pupil’s behaviour, he or she is asked to confiscate the pupil’s bus pass in order to hand it to the Transport Team with a brief report of the issue. The report is then handed over to the academic Pastoral Team to enable them to identify and speak to the pupil about the incident or behaviour. The pupil’s pass will be returned the same day if confiscated on the outward journey. If the pupil’s pass is confiscated on the homeward journey, then the parent is asked to contact the Transport Team on 01926 735409 or firstname.lastname@example.org in order for us to confirm to the bus driver that the pupil is to be allowed to travel on the bus to School the next day.
3.10 Smoking and the consumption of drugs or alcohol is strictly forbidden on the School buses, regardless of the legal ages that apply to pupils. The School’s general policy regarding to smoking, drugs and alcohol will apply to any pupil found with such items, even if they are not consuming them at the time.
3.11 Drivers are asked to ensure the safety of pupils as far as possible, including not asking them to disembark anywhere other than at the Schools or their usual home drop off point. In the event of very serious situations with pupil behaviour, drivers have the right to seek assistance from the Police, including diverting to travel to the nearest Police Station.