The Island Free School Buses
Bus Number 500
Ryde – Brading – Sandown – Lake – Oaklyn Gardens – Shanklin – Ventnor
Bus Number 501
Ryde – St Helens – Bembridge – Sandown – Lake – Ventnor
West Wight Minibus
Totland – Freshwater – Brighstone – Shorwell – Ventnor
These routes are contracted directly by The Island Free School for a termly fee. To apply for a seat on one of these services, please complete the application form below – the local authority is unable to help with allocation of seats on these routes.
Local Authority Buses
Bus Number 502
Brighstone – Chale – Niton – Whitwell – Ventnor
Bus Number 503
Newport – Rookley – Godshill – Wroxall – Ventnor
Bus Number 330
St Lawrence – Ventnor
Please note that you will need to apply directly to the local authority for a seat on any of these routes. The Island Free School is not responsible for the allocation of these seats and cannot take any payment or applications for these services. For details on how to apply, please see below.
The number 3 bus, operated by Southern Vectis, stops at The Island Free School. For information on timetables and travel cards please visit http://www.islandbuses.info/.
Timetables and Bus Passes
Our 2019 timetables are available to view and download below:
For all school bus services, pupils must have their tickets ready for presentation to the driver for every journey; without a valid pass they may be refused travel in the afternoon. If this occurs, they are to return to the school so that parents/guardians can make arrangements to collect them.
For local authority buses (502,503,330) temporary tickets can only be issued for one journey if a ticket is forgotten, but it is the responsibility of the pupil to get this from the school office before the end of the day. If a ticket has been lost, a replacement must be purchased for £10.00, without this payment a temporary pass cannot be issued.
For TIFS buses (500,501,504) a new bus pass may be purchased from the school office or via Wisepay for £2.
BUS APPLICATIONS FOR 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR
The application window for school transport in September 2019 has now closed. This applies to all services. Routes and timetables will be finalised shortly. You may still make an application for a seat for your child but this will be classed as late and considered after all others have been allocated (see below for details on how to apply). Please note that an application does not guarantee your child a seat.
To make an application for a seat on one of our services (500/501/504) or the West Wight minibus, please use the relevant form below. If you have more than one child attending the school, please make a separate application for each child. The school will allocate seats after the deadline has passed and inform you via email of the outcome of your application. The charge will be calculated termly and payment due on the first week of each term. The cost of the 500/501/504 is expected to be approximately £130 per term, in line with the IW Council’s charges. Please be aware that there will be an increase in the cost of the minibus to £265 per term. Please note, you need to make a new application for school transport in September if your child has been using one of our services for the current academic year.
If The Island Free School is your closest school or on an unsafe route you may be eligible for free home to school transport on the 501 bus. If you are in receipt of certain benefits you may also be eligible for free transport. Please click here to make an application for a free bus pass. If you are unsure whether your child qualifies for free travel, please contact School Admissions directly on email@example.com or phone 01983 823455. Forms are in addition to the school’s application form below.
To make an application for a privilege seat on a local authority bus (502/503/330), please click here. If The Island Free School is your closest school or on an unsafe route you may be eligible for free home to school transport on one of these services. If you are in receipt of certain benefits you may also be eligible for free transport. Please click here to make an application for a free bus pass. If you are unsure whether your child qualifies for free travel, please contact School Admissions directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01983 823455. If your child does not qualify for free transport, you can still apply for a privilege seat on one of these services for a termly fee. Please note, you still need to make a new application for a privilege seat if your child has been using one of these services for the current academic year.
The School Transport team at the IW Council can be contacted directly on (01983) 823780.
This application may be monitored by The Island Free School for regulatory, quality control or crime detection purposes. Information from this application will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purpose of your particular enquiry/request. The Island Free School is the data controller. By completing this form you consent to the school contacting you by email or nominated in relation to your enquiry/request.
The information contained in this application may, in exceptional circumstances, be subject to disclosure to third parties under either the Data Protection Act 1998 or the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to the extent that the law allows, in accordance with The Island Free School Data Protection Policy. Disclosure will only be made where in all the circumstances it would be fair to do so and in the public interest.