19th September 2019
Children left stranded! - Save Our Buses!
Following the recent changes to Suffolk County Council School Transport policy the school bus funded by parents and the Ormiston Sudbury Academy covering Glemsford, Hartest and the surrounding area was scrapped.
Parents duly applied for bus passes back in May 2019 when notified of the impending changes and received notifications of rejected applications at the beginning of September just before the children returned to school. This has been a confusing time and raises the question of why bus passes were not granted by the council for legitimate travel to their catchment school of Orsmiston Sudbury Academy (as per the SSCC website) as this is not the nearest school, Stour Valley Community School in Clare is.
The impact that this has had on not only the pupils but their families has been immense. Anxiety and stress on all parties on a daily basis.
Many parents have been forced to change their working day in order to ensure their children are safely delivered and collected from school as it would appear that the council has forgotten them.
Some children are arriving late at school due to siblings having to be dropped off first and this is in itself causing isolation issues for the children and raising stress levels in an already difficult situation.
A number of the parents affected by this policy change have joined together to form S.O.B – Save our Buses, and following on from the initial meeting held on Monday 16th September we will be presenting a resolution next week to urge Suffolk County Council to review their policy and the impact that it has had on the pupils.
There are many points raised in our resolution which need addressing by those with the ability to change it, safeguarding, human rights as well as the councils legal obligation to ensure that our children are supported by the very organisations that claim to have their interests at their core.