Walking Bus

What is a Walking Bus and how does it work?

A Walking Bus is an organised walk to school with parent volunteers taking it in turns to escort the bus along an agreed route. Our route starts at the parking bays on Patrixbourne Road by the tennis courts, along Riverside Close, through the alley into the village recreation ground and into school. All involved wear hi-viz tabards and all volunteers have been DBS checked through school.

Why join the Walking Bus?

A Walking Bus can ease congestion in Bridge Village but can benefit us all by: Improving pedestrian and road safety skills; promoting healthy exercise; saving time and fuel costs for parents and developing children’s independence and social skills. Children using the Walking Bus will receive incentives and rewards.

Bridge and Patrixbourne Walking Bus Timetable

8.25am - 8.35am: Meet at Parking Bays by swings/tennis courts on Patrixbourne Road.

8.35am: Bus leaves

8:40am: Bus Stop at alleyway from Riverside Close into recreation ground

8.45am: Arrive at school. Year R & 1 go to class, others go through to back playground. 

I would like my child to join the Walking Bus, what do I do now?

Children have to book on to the bus, you can’t just turn up, but I’ts easy to get involved by following these simple steps:

1) Complete the attached Parent Permission Note & Pupil’s Promise and return to school office or email back to the Walking Bus Coordinator, Rachel McInnes ( who will be in touch to discuss a start date. 

2) Book an appointment with the school office staff to have your DBS check done. The Walking Bus is run by volunteer parents and requires any parent of a child using the Walking Bus to have a DBS check done before helping on the bus. Parents only need to offer to help one morning a week and you can bring pre-school children along with you. 

If you need further information about how the Walking Bus works please speak to the office staff or email the Walking Bus Co-ordinator Rachel McInnes at


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