Travelling to school

Please consider alternative ways of getting to and from school, such as walking or cycling where this is a safe option.

If you travel in by car your school might ask you to drop off away from the main entrance to avoid any extra congestion.

Travelling by public transport, school bus, minibus or taxi

If you travel in by public transport (bus or train), coach, minibus or taxi bus, these are some important things you need to know:

  • you should wash your hands before and after boarding
  • there will be no standing
  • please sit with others in your bubble or year group where possible
  • if you can, please keep your distance between students not in your bubble, as well as other passengers
  • windows and sunroofs will be kept open where possible to help with ventilation
  • bus services that are available to students only, will continue to charge fares, though students issued with a free bus pass will not pay
  • please pay the exact bus fare to reduce cash handling – Stagecoach, Brighton & Hove and Metrobus do not provide cash change
  • some companies now offer contactless payments by prepaid card, debit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay – these are Stagecoach, Compass Travel, Brighton & Hove, Metrobus and Autocar
  • in line with government policy, the law requires all pupils aged 11 and over on public transport, to wear face coverings, see more below.

Travelling by rail

The Department for Education guidance encourages walking or cycling – finding alternatives to public transport especially at peak times.

If you need to travel by train it is mandatory:

  • to wear a face covering if you are 11 and over (unless you are exempt)
  • social distance wherever possible
  • wash your hands before and after travelling as well as carry hand sanitiser.

The rail operators will share the latest travel advice and guidance via live messenger. To help you plan your journey please check the Southern, Thameslink and National Rail pages show the busiest trains to avoid, and you can get live Messenger alerts and a live service status map.

Not sure what to expect when you return to your local station? Take a look at this short video created by the SCRP Education Team - #TravelSafely

YouTube video

Face coverings

Children aged 11 and over should wear a covering on all school transport if they can. Younger children who can, should too. If your child has a reason which makes them exempt, please let your school know this.

We need everyone’s help to make this work. So please talk to your child about the importance of wearing a face covering.

Public bus service changes

Remember to check the following page regularly for updates, Back to school bus service changes, which includes deatils on individual school service changes.

Walking, cycling or scooting to school

With the need for social distancing, walking or wheeling can be a good way to get about, especially for shorter journeys or part of longer journeys.

Safety tips:

  • check yours and your child’s scooter is safe to ride: L-Check - web page and video from one of Sustrans’ experienced schools officers
  • check your bike is safe to ride: M-Check - web page video from one of Sustrans’ experienced schools officers
  • learn about correct road positioning when cycling: Commute Smart - web page and video from British Cycling, the national governing body for cycling
  • sign up to Bikeability to give children and young people the skills they need for riding their bikes
  • you can report any issues you find on your route, such as potholes or overgrown vegetation, on the East Sussex Highways website.


The Active Access for Growth in East Sussex is our programme, working with local partners, to support more walking and cycling in the county through a range of initiatives.