Transport to School
Current Transport Arrangements to Castle School
Although many students live within walking or cycling distance from Castle School, a significant proportion are reliant on either coaches or taxis to get to and from school. Students under the age of 16 who require transport and live within the school’s designated catchment area are provided with free transport by South Gloucestershire Council. Other students are able to pay to use commercial service routes that run from Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford and Severn Beach. There are also public transport bus routes from Filton and Patchway and the surrounding areas but these do not stop at the school and will only stop at designated bus stops in Thornbury Town Centre, Gloucester Road or Park Road dependent on each particular route.
Free Transport Provided by South Gloucestershire Council
Students up to the age of 16 living in the villages surrounding Thornbury who are eligible for transport are issued with passes that entitle them to free transport on these services during the school terms.
CS 7 (was previously 7C) Service- Castle School Express
Every year a large number of students join the school from Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford. From September 2019 Applegate Coaches provide the passenger service from these areas. Details of timetables, fares and methods of payment can be obtained directly from Applegates Coaches.
Tel: 01453 810314
The 411 service is provided by Stagecoach for travel between Severn Beach and the Castle School. This is a not a free service and students need to pay for the journeys they make. This route also serves Pilning, Lower Almondsbury, Tockington, Elberton and Alveston. At present students using this commercial service need to buy either a single or return paid by cash or contactless to the driver. Additionally, a weekly CastleMegarider Ticket can be purchased via the Stagecoach App which can be better value. Details of timetables and fares can be obtained directly from the Stagecoach website.
Current South Gloucestershire Contracted Routes (free of charge to catchment students)
Route CAS/913: Thornbury Circular serving Kington Lane, Oldbury, Shepperdine, Lower Morton.
Route CAS/922: Tortworth, Cromhall, Tytherington, Grovesend. Falfield, Milbury Heath, Upper Morton.
Route CAS/968: Charfield.
Route CAS/C/SEC: Rockhampton, Falfield.
Current Commercial/Public Routes direct to the Castle School (fares charged)
CS7 (previously 7C): Stoke Gifford, Bradley Stoke.
MC5 Patchway, Filton, Horfield
411 Severn Beach, Pilning, Easter Compton, Lower Almondsbury, Tockington, Olveston, Elberton, Alveston
77 Bristol Parkway, Stoke Gifford, Bradley Stoke, Almondsbury, Hortham Village, Alveston
Public Transport (fares charged)
Routes that are currently timetabled to Thornbury Town Centre, Park Road or Gloucester Road (not from the bus area at Castle School)
207 Mikes Travel Dursley/Cam, Slimbridge, Sharpness, Berkeley, Stone, Newport, Falfield
Contact Gloucestershire County Council School and College transport team regarding eligibility for free passes (http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schooltransport)
T1 First Bus Harry Stoke, Bradley Stoke, Almondsbury, Alveston (App tickets are available for this service)
T2 First Bus Horfield, Filton, Patchway, Almondsbury, Hortham, Alveston. (App tickets are available for this service)
622 Stagecoach Cribbs Causeway, Lower Almondsbury, Tockington, Olveston, Alveston, Rangeworthy, Yate, Chipping Sodbury (App ticket 'Castle Megarider' is available for this service)