Mums angry over bus ban

Mums angry over bus ban

Mums angry over bus ban

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A MUM is furious after her 11-year-old son was refused a place on a school bus, even after she offered to pay.

Ryan Baycroft, of Third Avenue, West Thurrock, is due to start at Ormiston Park Academy, in Nethan Drive, Aveley, next week.

MumKerri, 29, said she had only applied to Ormiston, which is about four miles from her home, after being told her son would get a place on the school bus.

She said: “I was not told there were criteria, so I put it down as my first choice.

“I was then told that to get a free place on the bus you have to earn less than £16,000, but my partner and I both work. I even offered to pay towards a seat.”

But Mrs Baycroft was told Ryan had not got a place on the bus and he would have to use public transport.

According to Thurrock Council, Ryan is not entitled to free travel because he lives closer to two other schools – Harris Academy Chafford Hundred and Hathaway Academy, in Grays.

Mrs Baycroft said: “I was devastated. It’s just not right.

We were told one thing and then something completely different.

“I don’t drive, somy son will have to take the bus and he’s absolutely petrified.”

Mrs Baycroft’s friend, Tracey Draper, has found herself in a similar situation after her daughter Chloe, who is also due to start at Ormiston, was also refused a place.

Mrs Draper, of Park Avenue, said: “My son was given a place last year so we thought Chloe would get a place too. She has a sight disability and will not be able to take public transport alone.”

Both families have been advised to re-apply for a seat by October – but both pupils will need to travel to school by public transport throughout September.

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11:57am Fri 29 Aug 14

Thurrock bus man says...

Strange? Local bus route 22 serves the places this lady's son wants to travel between and if she is offering to pay, it probably works out cheaper than the school bus anyway! Maybe she should contact the bus operator, Ensignbus
Strange? Local bus route 22 serves the places this lady's son wants to travel between and if she is offering to pay, it probably works out cheaper than the school bus anyway! Maybe she should contact the bus operator, Ensignbus Thurrock bus man
  • Score: 18

10:23pm Fri 29 Aug 14

meherenowinuk says...

i live in tilbury ,i am unable to work due to illness and had to fight tooth and nail to get my child a free bus place eventually,but still had to pay for my child to get to ormiston via public transport untill the first half term .. every year from year 7 .. its mad how i / we have to fight to get something yet for 'others' it seems so easy .. hope the council see sense..its not safe to use public transport at that age .
i live in tilbury ,i am unable to work due to illness and had to fight tooth and nail to get my child a free bus place eventually,but still had to pay for my child to get to ormiston via public transport untill the first half term .. every year from year 7 .. its mad how i / we have to fight to get something yet for 'others' it seems so easy .. hope the council see sense..its not safe to use public transport at that age . meherenowinuk
  • Score: 2

10:22am Sat 30 Aug 14

Dave_ says...

The rules about distance to the nearest school and salary for free school bus have been in place for years.
Even going to 6th Form / FE College, if you choose to go to one further away than one that offers the same course.
My cousin worked for Essex Youth Service and this was always a bone of contention for parents, as they chose schools further away. I think the only times there was any leeway was if they were placed in a school.
The rules about distance to the nearest school and salary for free school bus have been in place for years. Even going to 6th Form / FE College, if you choose to go to one further away than one that offers the same course. My cousin worked for Essex Youth Service and this was always a bone of contention for parents, as they chose schools further away. I think the only times there was any leeway was if they were placed in a school. Dave_
  • Score: 2

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