Students are not entitled to receive free transport to school when they join the Sixth Form. However, to help support Sixth Form students to get here, The Gryphon School contracts transport operating from a variety of locations. In addition, limited numbers of surplus seats are available on routes operated by South West Coaches on behalf of Dorset County Council.
It is possible to apply for a surplus seat on a contract bus run by Dorset School Transport, operated by South West Coaches (SWC). Applications can be made direct to SWC on the attached application form. The cost of a surplus seat is £790 or discounted to £730 if paid in one payment, see terms and conditions attached. Parents should contact SWC on 01935 475872 or visit www.southwestcoaches.co.uk/school-services for more information.
Information about disruption to school transport can be found by visiting the Dorset Council website: www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/school-transport/school-transport-updates
If your child does not qualify for free school transport, SCC can offer spare seats on their contracted transport on a paying basis. The cost of the paid seat currently is £795 (2018/19 prices, 2019/20 prices TBC). SCC will be writing to all current Year 11 students who receive free transport to inform them of the application process for a paid seat. Current Year 12’s will also have to apply for a new seat (dates to be confirmed by SCC). Further information can be obtained from SCC on 0300 123 2224.
All students who wish to travel on a Gryphon-operated school bus will need to apply for a seat, even if they have previously used the service. The bus fare for all routes, for the academic year 2019/20 is £950 payable in full or by twelve instalments. Should you choose not to pay in full, an online initial payment of £70, made through WisePay, is required at the time of booking. Places will not be confirmed until the payment has been received. For new students, information about using WisePay, together with login details will be issued to you before the bus application process opens.
It is the school’s policy to give priority to the Sixth Form students. The application process for Sixth Form students will open from Monday 3rd June 2019 at 8am until Monday 17th June 2019. The application process will then be open to all year groups from Tuesday 18th June 2019 at 8am, on a first-come-first-served basis. We recommend parents/students apply as soon as the application process opens for the best possible chance of being allocated a bus seat on their preferred route.
There are currently 6 routes run and subsidised by The Gryphon School, covering the areas of Yeovil, Sturminster Newton, Hazelbury Bryan, Kings Stag, Castle Cary, Galhampton, North Cadbury, Queen Camel, Marston Magna, Sparkford, Wincanton, North Cheriton, Templecombe and Henstridge.
Further information on how to apply and our terms and conditions can be found below.Transport provided by The Gryphon School 2019-20DownloadGryphon Transport - Terms and ConditionsDownload
Routes and Timetable can be found here:All GRY Routes 2019-20Download
The school’s current contract for these routes will end August 2020, it is likely that we will re-tender these contracts. Please bear in mind we will make every effort to continue the current routes where financially feasible but cannot guarantee anything past the contract end date. This should be considered when deciding on how your child will get to and from school.
Financial support is available for school transport, further information can be found on our Funding page.
Should you have any bus queries, please contact the finance office by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01935 810111/811085.