School and college travel arrangements

Suffolk County Council as part of Suffolk Brokerage will encourage operators, schools, parish councils and all other interested stakeholders to work together to:

  • highlight and capture demand of potential future passengers
  • facilitate discussions to ensure financially viable transport routes
  • help discussions between transport operators, schools and parish councils to calculate what the funding gap might be to make a transport route financially sustainable
  • facilitate discussions with local volunteers that may be willing to drive for Community Transport Organisations for their local area.

Transport operators can help by:

  • proactively having discussions with schools in their local area
  • promoting current transport services, routes and fares with local parish councils
  • having discussions with local communities on future passenger demand
  • capturing information from customer enquiries on potential future demand.

Suffolk Local Solutions and how these can be developed with schools:

  • SCC helped develop potential Local Solutions. 
  • The Local Solutions menu provide potential ideas that could make savings and/or mitigate impact of the policy changes. The Local Solutions will work side-by-side phasing in the school travel policy and include working with schools, colleges, local communities and/or parish councils.  SCC would need to agree the detail prior to implementation.  Part of the agreement would include an assessment of the impact on the health and well-being of the children affected.
  • Suffolk Brokerage can provide capacity building support and facilitate the development of Local Solutions. Please email passenger.transport@suffolk.gov.uk for further information.

Abbeygate Sixth Form

Contact at School/College

Group Welfare Administrator

Contact details at School/College

01284 716348
Bus Service Provided by School/College

901 (Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds)
902 (Soham, Fordham, Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds)
903 (Diss, Eye, Debenham, Stonham Aspal, Stowupland, Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds)

All services run once each morning and afternoon. Only West Suffolk College and Abbeygate Sixth Form students use this service.

Bishop Laney Sixth Form, Ely College

A bursary scheme is offered which students can use towards travel expenses

Cambridge Regional College

Contact at School/College

Elise Cassidy

Contact details at School/College

ecassidy@camre.ac.uk 

01223 418200


Bus Service Provided by School/College

CC1 (Bishop Stortford – Cambridge Campus via Stansted, Duxford, Sawston)
CC2 (Soham -Cambridge Campus via Burwell, Newmarket, Bottisham)
CC3 (Great Dunmow   – Cambridge Campus via Thaxted, Wimbish, Saffron Walden)
CC4 (Haverhill – Cambridge Campus via Linton, Fulbourn, Great Wilbraham)
CC5 (March – Cambridge Campus via Chatteris, Bluntisham, Earith)
CC6 (Littleport – Cambridge Campus via Ely, Sutton, Haddenham, Cottenham)
CC7 (Wimpole – Cambridge Campus via Bassingbourn, Royston, Melbourn)
CC8A (Eaton Socon – Cambridge Campus via Eaton Ford, St Neots, Caxton Gibbet)
CC8B ( Eynesbury – Cambridge Campus via Cambourne, Comberton)
HC2 (March – Huntingdon Campus via Chatteris, Benwick, Ramsey, Warboys)
HC3 (Needingworth – Huntingdon Campus via Eaton Socon, Eynesbury, St Neots)

The College sells bus passes for its exclusive buses which overall the College subsidises in order to make them more affordable for students. The College also offers a £50 “early bird” discount for those students who buy before 31 August each year.

City College Norwich and Easton College

Contact at School/College

Helen Richardson – Hulme


Contact details at School/College

helen.richardson-hulme@ccn.ac.uk 

01603 773 070


Bus Service Provided by School/College

50 (Caister-on-Sea – Great Yarmouth – Easton)
56 (Sheringham – Easton)
57 and 4/4a (City Centre)

All run at the start and end of the day

Easton College: Subsidise the contracts and provide bursary funding.
City College: Through subsidising the buses and bursary funding for travel costs.

Colchester Institute

Contact at School/College

Sharon Bull


Contact details at School/College

01206 712078 or sharon.bull@colchester.ac.uk


Bus Service Provided by School/College

Colchester Institute students can purchase First Bus, Arriva and Greater Anglia tickets at discounted rates. Financial help for travel available to low-income families through the college bursary funds. All information available on the Colchester Institute website.

Colchester Institute students can purchase student passes for First and Arriva buses

College of West Anglia

Contact at School/College

Lucas Cooper


Contact details at School/College

01553 815492


Bus Service Provided by School/College

A free term-time shuttle bus service runs at the beginning and end of the college day between Waterbeach railway station and the Cambridge campus in Milton for students travelling by train to the campus. Details available from The College of West Anglia website.

Farlingaye High School

Contact at School/College

Catherine Laird


Contact details at School/College

01394 385720


Bus Service Provided by School/College

Late buses are funded by the school 4 nights per week to catchment villages. Felixstowe parents have a private bus route which they pay for. 

Farlingaye High School – School Bus Information

Hartismere School

Contact at School/College

Sarah Gray


Contact details at School/College

01379 870315


Bus Service Provided by School/College

EE330 (Metfield – Mendham – Harleston – Needham – Brockdish – Dickleburgh – Scole – Hartismere School)

All services run once each morning and afternoon. Only West Suffolk College and Abbeygate Sixth Form students use this service.

Sixth form students can apply for the Discretionary Bursary Fund to help with transport costs.

Mildenhall College Academy

Contact at School/College

Mrs S M Tuffs


Contact details at School/College

01638 0714645


Bus Service Provided by School/College

MCA Bus 1 – 3 (Lakenheath & Brandon) Daily Route including sixth form.
Provided free of charge for current students in Year 8 and above. Paid for by current year 7 and future cohorts. Sixth Form pay for transport.

One Suffolk

Contact at School/College

Facilities Administrator


Contact details at School/College

transport@suffolkone.ac.uk


Bus Service Provided by School/College

SO1 (Cedars Park, Stowmarket, Combs Ford, Needham Market and Great Blakenham)
SO2 (Felixstowe, Grange Farm and Trimley St Martin)
SO3 (Stowupland, Forward Green, Earl Stonham, Stonham Aspal, Pettaugh, Crowfield, Coddenham, Barham, Claydon, Great Blakenham, Bramford and Sproughton)

Travelling to Campus – One Sixth Form College 

Samuel Ward Academy

Contact at School/College

Lorraine Hartwell


Contact details at School/College

lhartwell@samuelward.co.uk 

01440 761511


Bus Service Provided by School/College

Minibus 1 (Stoke by Clare and Hundon)
Minibus 2 (Glemsford, Cavendish, Clare and Wixoe)

Students whose parents receive free school meals travel free of charge.

Thomas Gainsborough School

Students can apply to Sixth form for hardship funding

Thurston Community College

Contact at School/College

Dr Jean Wheeler


Contact details at School/College

01359 230885 or jean.wheeler@thurstoncollege.suffolk.sch.uk 


Bus Service Provided by School/College

Thurston Campus to Thurston Sixth Beyton Campus (am) daily x1 Post-16 students only
Thurston Sixth Beyton Campus to Thurston Campus (pm daily x1 Post-16 students only
Late Buses Mon/Tues/Wed for any student to use – 4 routes to cover most of ‘catchment’

Transports Year 12 and 13 students from Thurston train station to Thurston Sixth, Beyton Campus (Thurston to Beyton).

Thurston Community College – Travel Information

West Suffolk College

Contact at School/College

Group Welfare Administrator

Contact details at School/College

01284 716348


Bus Service Provided by School/College

901 (Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds)
902 (Soham, Fordham, Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds)
903 (Diss, Eye, Debenham, Stonham Aspal, Stowupland, Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds)

All services run once each morning and afternoon. Only West Suffolk College and Abbeygate Sixth Form students use this service.

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