Every year, for students who are not entitled to free transport to the Academy, we review our transport arrangements to see whether we can help in some way.
We already operate a minibus service to some of the outlying villages and the route/timings are carefully considered to make it accessible to the greatest possible number of applicants to the Academy. To see whether we may be able to offer your child transport in this way, please contact Mrs Nicola Discombe.
Students who are able to access the normal Chambers or Beestons school bus route, but who are currently not entitled to a free pass, through Suffolk County Council, may be able to apply for a free, discretionary pass through the Academy under a new arrangement we have negotiated, direct with the two coach companies. Students will be able to catch the normal school buses but the Academy will purchase their bus passes, on a monthly basis, on their behalf.
The number of applications we can accept for these discretionary passes is, obviously, restricted to the physical number of seats available on the vehicle. In order to qualify for this arrangement, an application must be submitted to Suffolk On Board, in the first instance. If your application is successful and you are offered a discretionary place, you will then need to advise the Academy, in order that we are able to provide your information to the bus company to secure an individual pass for your child. You can make an application to Suffolk On Board here.
If you have any questions or require assistance in registering your interest in the bus pass scheme, or the Academy minibus service, please contact Mrs Nicola Discombe, Director of Finance and Business, by email or by telephone, via the Academy switchboard, on 01787 375131.
Suffolk Local Authority have an arrangement with Sudbury Cab Company for named students only, who operate route SC710; the timings and pick-up point for this route may be viewed here.
We hope that these arrangements will be of help to a number of students and their families, but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Discombe.