Term tickets for students allocated to a contracted school bus service will be available to collect from the school, college or educational institution on the first day of term. Therefore, on the first morning of the academic year, students who are eligible for a term ticket will be permitted to travel on the school bus without payment. However they must be wearing the appropriate uniform.
Is my child entitled to free home-to-school transport to Medina College?
Isle of Wight Council's policy for home-to-school transport to secondary school (age 11–16) changed from September 2015. The policy for students starting secondary school now means:
– If you live more than 3 miles from Medina College and it's your nearest secondary school by travelled route (ie road route, not straight-line distance), then your child is entitled to free home-to-school transport to Medina College.
– Or, if your child is receiving free school meals or you're on maximum tax credit, and you live between 2 and 6 miles away by travelled route, your child should be entitled to free home-to-school transport to Medina College.
What about buying a spare privilege seat on a school bus?
There are school buses to Medina College from many places on the Isle of Wight – see IW Council website for current routes. If your child isn't entitled to free transport to Medina, and there is space on the bus, they can apply for a "privilege seat". The cost this year from September 2016 is £95 per term. The Council opens an "application window" during June to apply for a privilege seat. After the closing date, seats are allocated and you receive confirmation from the Council of whether your child has secured a spare seat by the end of July.
Southern Vectis public buses
Southern Vectis has introduced multi-buy saver tickets for children travelling on public buses, which can be loaded onto a Key Card. These can be used for bus journeys at any time and don't have to be used on consecutive days. See their website for details of tickets and routes.
Park and Stride
If you are dropping off or picking up students by car, consider the Park and Stride arrangement for nearby Seaclose Car Park (a 5-minute stride away from Medina College), to reduce congestion on the Medina site and encourage walking. The parking permit, which is valid until the end of the current school year, is available to parents from Medina College reception. Full details here.
We have secure bike storage at the school entrance for any students wishing to cycle to and from Medina College, and actively encourage this.
26/04/17 @ 0901 Route 402 has broken down in the narrows at Shalfleet. Another vehicle is on it's way to collect the passengers All other school buses that normally operate via Shalfleet have been diverted via Elm Lane and Newbridge but are likely to be delayed. ...at the scene. Children on board the 304 will be delayed.
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26/04/17 @ 0901 Route 402 has broken down in the narrows at Shalfleet. Another vehicle is on it's way to collect the passengers
All other school buses that normally operate via Shalfleet have been diverted via Elm Lane and Newbridge but are likely to be delayed.
...at the scene. Children on board the 304 will be delayed.