Travel to St Luke’s
St Luke’s Church of England School recommends that students come to school on foot, by bicycle or on public transport.
- Cycling – we have a secure bike shed where bikes must be locked. Please note that if you wish for your child to come to school on a bicycle, it is your responsibility to insure the cycle, check it is roadworthy at all times and ensure that a helmet is always worn. The school cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage. Please note that bikes should not be ridden on the school site.
- Car – the school site is not open to parent traffic for drop off and collection, unless you have a disabled badge or a pass that has been authorised by the school. We would suggest to parents who drop their children by car to use alternative areas opposite the school that can be accessed via the school bridge allowing students to cross the road safely.
- Bus – students travelling on any public transport, including the dedicated school transport to and from school, are expected to behave properly at all times. The school takes any complaints very seriously and it is important that students remember that they are still ambassadors for the school out of hours.
Please be aware: skateboards/longboards are not an acceptable mode of transport for students to use to get to school. We do not have anywhere to store them during the day.
Devon County Council provides help with transport for some students and parents should liaise directly with the Council about this and not the school. The information below is taken from their website.
Whose responsibility is it to get a child to school?
All parents are encouraged to consider the practicalities of sending their child to a school which is not within walking distance, unless it is the designated or nearest school, because it is a parent’s responsibility to get their child to school throughout the whole time the child is there.
How do I check if my child is eligible for free school transport?
If you apply for a place at the school designated to serve your home address and you live more than three miles away by the shortest walking route, your child will be entitled to free transport. You can check which is the designated school to serve your home address at: devon.gov.uk/schoolareamaps or by telephoning 0845 155 1019.
Your child will also be entitled to free transport to the school nearest to your home if it is closer than the designated school, provided it is still over three miles from your home by the shortest walking route. Transport can only be provided from one permanent address. If a child lives at two addresses, the parents or carers must nominate one address as the permanent residence for transport. You must let us know if your child’s home address changes and provide proof of this.
What about transport for work experience?
Please note that transport is NOT provided for work experience, taster and induction days.
What if I am on a low income?
If your child is in Year 7 and your family is on a low income i.e. your child is entitled to free school meals, or your family is in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit, your child is eligible for free transport to a choice of the three nearest schools between two and six miles of your home. Please contact Devon County Council directly to see if you qualify.