It is the responsibility of the parent or carer to ensure that each student is able to get to school on time every day. There are a variety of methods by which students can travel to school:
Many students walk to school, particularly those who live in Chard. The main routes into the Academy are via Zembard Lane, a footpath from the main High Street, from Glynswood along the public footpath or directly to the Furnham Road entrance opposite the traffic lights.
We encourage students to cycle to school but parents need to ensure that the route to school is safe, that bikes are in a roadworthy condition and that students are wearing appropriate safety equipment such as high visibility clothing and a helmet. There is a cycle shelter at the entrance on Zembard Lane where bikes can be locked away. This shelter is locked during school hours.
The roads around the school are incredibly busy at the beginning and end of the school day. If you are dropping off or picking up students by car please can we ask that you do not drop them on Zembard Lane or in the car park at the Furnham Road entrance. Ideally students should be dropped off either at the car park off Chard High Street so that they can walk up the path to school, or by The Church of the Good Shepherd so they can safely walk along and cross at the traffic lights. We would ask parents who are dropping off students to be respectful of our neighbours.
Holyrood Academy works with the County Transport team but all enquiries regarding transport should be made directly to them. Their website can be accessed below and gives full details of who is eligible for free transport, how to apply and who to contact.
Somerset County Council Transport Department
In conjunction with Somerset County Council the Academy now operates a no-pass, no-travel rule on the school bus routes. If a child has lost their bus pass out of school, parents must have a back up plan in place to get their child to the Academy. If a student loses their pass at school they are able to get a temporary replacement from the Academy admin office.
Some of our students travel on public buses. The bus stops for these buses are along Chard High Street, Crimchard or in Glynswood.