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Bloxham School Minibus Service

Bloxham School currently operates 7 minibus routes (detailed below). Bloxham’s location is well supported by the local road network and we are able to serve children from all points of the compass. We limit our journeys to one hour. The minibus service runs between 07:00 to 08:00 and 18:10 to 19:10 Monday to Friday within term time. Where possible we follow the major routes into Bloxham and arrange for a certain number of collection points to try to support the service as best as possible.

The service works on a commitment basis (ie not pay as you go or ad-hoc).  You can commit to up to 10 journeys per week, but you will be asked to nominate the day and journey (ie Mon am, pm and Tues pm only).  Journeys can’t be accrued if one is missed, but we may have some flexibility on the routes should you wish to swap a journey within the week. For this to happen we will require 24 hours’ notice to be given to the Transport Manager by email and it will depend upon availability on the minibus you wish to swap to. If there are any last-minute changes (ie your child is unwell), we would ask you to contact the driver. However, for all other matters please contact the Transport Manager on 01295 724327.

The routes are reviewed on an annual basis, but we do try to keep changes to a minimum. In order to plan successful routes over the summer holidays, parents are asked to confirm their child’s commitment on their minibus route towards the end of the Summer Term. We operate on a first come, first served basis and if a reply is not received by the cut-off date, their seat may be given to another student who has requested the service.

Children swapping route or one off journey permission from parents

As we work on a commitment basis, we don’t offer one off journeys to students who are not signed onto the service. If a parent requests a student travels on a different route than they would normally use, the parent of the student will need to email the Transport Manager with 24 hours’ notice requesting their child travel on the changed route.

Cost

You will be billed termly in arrears and therefore the cost will be added to your extras fee bill each term. The cost is based on a zonal system calculated by the mileage away from Bloxham and how many trips your child commits to. The charges are reviewed on an annual basis and you would be advised of any changes well in advance. More information on current zones and changes can be obtained online.  

Minibuses and Drivers

We run several minibuses allowing us to take up to 14 students per bus. All our minibuses have regular safety checks and our drivers are DBS checked and registered on the Minibus Driver Awareness scheme (MiDAS).  

Transport request

If you would like to renew your child's space on our minibus service, or if you would like to apply for a new seat on one of the minibus routes for 2018-19, please complete this online form by Friday 20th July 2018. You will receive conformation of your request and a route plan containing details of the pick up points, timings and contact number for the drivers.

Current routes: 

Route 1.

Waitrose Stratford, Alderminster, Newbold on Stour, Halford Junction B4455 , Treddington, Shipston-on-Stour, Willington (am only), Tadmartin (pm only).

Route 2. 

Alderminster Junction, Layby Fosse Way CV37 7PA, Layby on B4086 Church Hill, Kineton, Herb Centre OX17 1DF.

Route 3. 

Badby,  Byfield, Williamscot, Queensway Banbury.

Route 4. 

Buckingham, Finmere,  Evenly (pm only) Brackley,  Farthinghoe, Middleton Cheney.

Route 5. 

Fringford, Bicester, Fewcott, Souldern, Aynho, Deddington, Adderbury, Bodicote.

Route 6. 

Oxford City Football Club, Elsfield, Bletchingdon, Steeple Aston, Middle Aston.

Route 7. 

Fulbrook, Shipton under Wychwood, Charlbury (am set days pm) Churchill (pm set days), Chipping Norton, Hook Norton.

Rounte 8. 

Other locations TBC, Banbury train station (from September 18)

All the minibuses have hands-free phones for emergencies, which are only to be used within route times (6.30am - 8.30am and 6.10pm - 8.00pm). If you have a query between 8.00am and 4.30pm, please contact our Transport Manager, Phil Smithson, on the number below.

  • Phil Smithson

    Phil Smithson

    Transport Manager

    Phil is happy to provide further information on any of our minibus services and can be contacted at 01295 724327 or 07717858502

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Say hello…

We would love to show you around the school on either a personal visit or on an Open Day.

Please contact our Registrar, Fay Hand to arrange a visit, or for any other enquiries regarding admissions and entry requirements.

Bloxham, Banbury
Oxfordshire OX15 4PE
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1295 724301