The questionnaire was undertaken between December 2012 and March the 10 2013 among the parents who’s children attending faith schools on a regular basis where the bus scheme was not available.
The survey questionnaire forms was developed and made available to all parents and they were asked:
- State the main mode of transport between places of residence and the schools
- The distance to / from school
- The travel cost
- Supporting Network Rider Organisation as an alternative travel option
- School travel difficulties
We delivered 70 hard copies of the survey questionnaire forms in different faith schools (St. Gregory’s RC Middle school, St. Josephs RC Lower School and St. Thomas RC Upper School) but 37 completed questionnaire returned to us until March the 10th/2013.
The data provided useful information on the main mode of transport used
- Most parents drive a car as the mode of travelling to / from schools
- The next less common modes of travel among parents are:
- The bus
- Car sharing
After all, the parents indicated not only the distance to/from school but also the degree of availability and the travel costs related to these modes of travel putting a heavy burden on their families’ lives and children’s attendance.
Home to school transport service
Statistics: Ongoing /
Areas: Putnoe, Brickhill, London Road, Clapham, Amphtill Road, Elstow Road, Wootton, Town centre, Cotton End, Shorttown, Kempston
Schools: Four RC schools (St. Josephs RC Lower School, St. Gregory’s RC Middle School, St. John Rugby’s RC Lower school, St. Thomas More
Children in need related to current parents’ feedback: 70
All the parents agreed that the changes home to school transport still have a negative impact on their lives.
The travel cost home to school is high and they find very difficult to afford it. If there is not another alternative travel option home to school, the work life would be comprised for those working part-time or full time and it would be worse for those who are unemployed and job seekers.
Bearing in mind that we did not add or retract anything from what the parents said, we are writing exactly as they have said on their feedback.
-< It is difficult to connect through two buses every day to and from….>
-< Not arriving in school on time, this financial budget that I am using for transport, has made me to find it difficult to maintain my house, bills and food>
-< lack of finances as the school transport ceased from child, I have to spend all the income on travelling from school to home and home to school while not meeting up the necessary expenditures on my budget such as food, gas, electricity etc>
-<Yes, I suggest the Network Rider Charity as an alternative travel option to school>
-< Buses getting you and not stopping at the bus stop>
It is clear that the changes home to school transport have a negative impact on family life as a whole:
- Child’s attendance would fall
- Impact on child’s academic curriculum
- Stress for the child
- Stress for the Parents
- Child safety
- Health issues
- Parents’ Work life would be compromised
- Social exclusion
- Temporary exclusion from service