Our Walking Bus
Our walking bus has stopped due to COVID, but the Travel Group will be exploring how we can reinstate this, early in 2022. We will be analysing postcode data to work out where the demand for the bus is needed.
What is a Walking Bus and how does it work?
A Walking Bus is a supervised group of children walking to school. It is made up of at least two adult volunteers, who are DBS checked and act as a ‘driver’ and a ‘conductor’ to escort the children. The ratio of adults to children is 1:6, so we have a maximum of 12 pupils per bus route. All children from Reception to Year 6 can join the Walking Bus (children in Nursery must be accompanied by a parent or carer). All children must sign up to the Walking Bus in advance - you can't just turn up on the day. Adults and children all wear high-visibility waistcoats. The Bus follows a set route (approved by Hertfordshire County Council – we cannot deviate from the agreed routes) and ‘walks’ to a published timetable.
We hope that the Walking Bus will benefit children, parents and the local community by:
• Improving pedestrian and road safety skills
• Promoting healthy exercise
• Saving time and fuel costs for parents
• Developing children’s independence and social skills
• Reducing traffic congestion and parking issues around schools