St John’s serves over 250 square miles of North East Wiltshire, and many students travel to St John’s on school buses that drop off and pick up in the main car park. Students walking to school will arrive from the Orchard Road entrance.
Free school transport is only available to students in year 7 – 11 who live more than three miles from St John’s and within the transport catchment area as determined by Wiltshire Council. This is reduced to two miles for students who receive free school meals or the maximum level of working tax credit.
To apply for free school transport please complete the Under 16 application form, available from the download section below. Students are allocated to buses by Wiltshire Council Passenger Transport.
Approximately half of our students travel to St John’s by bus. For Health & Safety reasons, it is extremely important that parents do not drop students off or collect from the St John’s car park, instead we ask that students are dropped off at George Lane car park and walk up the hill from Ducks Meadow.
At the end of the day students are lined up in the atrium or sports hall under their bus number. Duty staff will then call the bus number and send students to the top of the car park to board their bus safely.
Students are issued with a bus pass which they must show to the driver on request. Failure to carry the bus pass will trigger a ‘3 strike system’, which could result in the student being refused travel. A very high standard of behaviour is expected from students using the buses. All students are instructed to report any problems to school staff. If poor behaviour is a problem, a warning letter will be sent home and students can lose the privilege of free school transport.
Sixth form students who live over three miles from the Academy and are within catchment are eligible to apply for a reduced-rate pass to travel from home to St John’s. Full details of this scheme and application forms are available from the Wiltshire Council website www.wiltshire.gov.uk in the Transport to Schools and Colleges section or telephone the Wiltshire’s Passenger Transport Unit on 01225 757004.
After School Clubs Transport
Only a few regular bus services offer transport from St John’s after 4pm:
- Stagecoach service No. 42 to Calne: 16:40
- Stagecoach service No. 48 to Swindon: 16:40
- Swindon Bus Co. No. 20 to Hungerford: 16:58
If none of these services are suitable, you will need to make your own arrangements for transportation home following an after-school club.
Travelling into School
Check out our videos explaining the routes into school. For more information about school transport visit our Transport webpage.
Traffic Guidance for St John’s, Marlborough
The geography of St John’s causes some difficulties for getting people safely into and out of the site. There are car parking spaces and a safe coach set-down area for up to four coaches at a time.
Unfortunately, to access both of these requires traversing down a steep gradient then driving through the car-park where staff are parking, unloading bags and hurrying to get to work. There is a clearly sign posted 15mph speed limit, a speed hump and clearly marked pedestrian walkways. Despite these precautions, there have been several near misses over the years caused by excessive speed.
To ensure nothing more serious occurs, we would ask you to co-operate and abide by the following guidelines:
- Avoid driving your children to School. There will always be circumstances when this could
be necessary – medical appointments for example, but otherwise please encourage your children
to walk or cycle to school, thereby using the pedestrian entrance.
- 20 Coaches cover the wider catchment area for St John’s. Please use them. All bus routes drop off and pick up from St John’s – there is no need for any student to walk from, or into, Marlborough High Street to catch buses to and from home.
- If you live out of catchment and there are no bus routes available and you therefore have to drive, please try to drop off outside of the School grounds – Waitrose car park at George Lane is the safest suggestion. Please do not use neighbouring Cherry Orchard as your drop off. It is not fair on the residents who live there.
- If it is absolutely necessary to drive into the School from Granham Hill, then please follow these instructions:
- Do not exceed the 15mph speed limit.
- Try to park in a marked bay in the long carpark for your child to exit your car safely. The
pavement should then be used to walk up to the school buildings.
- In the morning and afternoon, there are 20 coaches and buses using the Drop Off Zone in the circular car park – try to avoid this area. Do not drop off students part way down the entrance hill, at the Granham Hill entrance or in the hatched area at the bottom of the hill.
- There is NO vehicle access beyond the car park. The only exception is by arrangement and is for the drop off/collection of those with disabilities or injuries. Musical instruments, art folders, PE kit or ingredients for cooking do not count as disabilities or injuries. Rain does not count as an extenuating circumstance!
The safety of everyone – students, staff and visitors – at St John’s is absolutely paramount. Failing to follow our guidelines compromises safety, causes congestion and leads to frustration for all concerned.
Thank you for your co-operation and understanding for this very important matter.