Travel at St Thomas More Catholic School Apply for School transport Nexus are advising wearing facemasks, either reusable which must be stored securely during the day, or disposable which will be disposed of when exiting the vehicle. Nexus have had to make several adjustments to the services in September. The adjustments will affect the am services – 839 becomes 850 with route change, 843 has a new start point, 845 has been withdrawn and the 854 has a new route and starting point. Gateshead Buses Northumberland Buses About:
The school bus service is managed by and paid for by Nexus. Various bus operators then bid for the contracts. The bus
operators may therefore change between years or terms. The Nexus website is kept up to date with information
regarding which operator is running each service. Tickets and Passes:
A single fare for students with an Under 16 POP card it is 60p. A Child All-Day Ticket with an
Under 16 POP card is £1.10.
If students are travelling via public transport in Tyne and Wear every day, you can apply to Nexus for a School Pass. This
means you will pay in advance for travel to / from school.
Students may qualify for help with travel costs from the Local Authority. For further information please contact the
Local Authority directly on 0191 433 4848.
For further information on fares, Under 16 POP cards, and School Passes please contact Nexus directly online
(nexus.org.uk) or via phone on 0191 20 20 747. Lost Property:
If a student leaves anything on the bus, parents should contact the operator directly. The Nexus website contains a full
list of operators and their contact details. Times & Routes: About:
There are 2 buses which operate for pupils living in Northumberland, the 550 and the 551. These are provided for students who are in Year 9 and above, are Catholic, and have a bus pass supplied by Northumberland Council. This is because the Local Authority will provide transport for students attending a school out of the catchment area when the parent has expressed a preference for their child to be educated at a school with a particular ethos, because they adhere to a particular faith. In Northumberland, transport will only be provided to the nearest faith school to home, provided that it is the faith to which the parent adheres and that such religious education is not available within the catchment school. For Catholic children in Northumberland, St Thomas More School only becomes the nearest faith school at Year 9, due to the Catholic Middle School in Hexham which students could attend up to Year 8.
Both services are managed by Northumberland Council. Various bus operators bid for the contracts. The bus operators may therefore change between years or terms.
Tickets and Passes:
Students using the 550, or 551, need a bus pass from Northumberland Council. In order to apply for this pass parents should call 01670 624 839. They will have to complete an application form, or an online application, and submit a photograph and copy of their Baptism Certificate.
If a pupil leaves anything on the bus, parents should contact the operator directly. Alternatively the Local Authority can be contacted on 0345 600 6400.
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