All students who attend their designated secondary school and who live more than 3 miles from school will normally be entitled to transport assistance.
Devon County Council is responsible for the provision and organisation of College transport. If you have any problems or difficulties, contact the Transport Department on 0845 1551019. Information can be found on the Devon County Council website, www.devon.gov.uk.
No Pass, No Travel! From the beginning of the Autumn Term in September 2011 a strict "No Pass, No Travel" policy will be applied to all school transport running to and from Tavistock Community College.
This will mean that no pupil will be allowed to board the vehicle unless they can show a current pass on EVERY journey. It is also important that they travel only on the bus on which they have been allocated a seat. We are asking for your help in this matter by ensuring that your child has their pass (or passes if they travel on more than one vehicle) each morning before they leave for school.
It is essential that your child knows what to do in the event they have forgotten their pass and are not allowed to travel or, if for any reason, the vehicle does not arrive. This could be returning home, telephoning you as the parent/carer for assistance, or perhaps going to a neighbour's house.
All students need to provide a photograph, attached to the form sent to you by the local authority, before their pass can be issued for September. Suitable photos can also be uploaded to the Devon County Council School Transport website.
Please ensure that if your child is a sixth form student that they have applied for a pass for September.
If you need any information about school transport or providing a photograph please phone the Local Authority on 0845 155 1019.
Students who are new to Tavistock College, will be issued with a Devon County Council Transport - Code of Contact. Parents and carers will be expected to read and sign this document.
Please note that Devon County Council Transport advise that:
Most of the vehicles that DCC provide are fitted with seat belts. The Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) advises that children should be actively encouraged to wear seat belts where they have been fitted. DCC ask that you explain to your child the need to behave properly on school transport, to have care and consideration for others and to remain seated. In the event of serious misbehaviour on school transport, DCC may have to ban students from school transport to protect the safety of others. If your child is banned you will be responsible for making alternative arrangements and you could be prosecuted if you do not ensure that your child attends school. You will be held responsible for any vandalism caused by your child. CCTV is now in use on some school buses and coaches. Students who are new to Tavistock College, will be issued with a Devon County Council Transport Code of Conduct. Parents and carers will be expected to read and sign this document.
As a result of the congestion we have when so many coaches use the College grounds for loading and unloading, we must ask parents not to drop or pick up children within the College.
Page updated Tuesday, May 14, 2013