Go to navigation
It is currently Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:28 pm

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 6:24 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:20 pm
Posts: 3
Location: essex
I have been really concerned about applying for these schools as I hear there is some awful bullying of new boys on the bus from my area. (Billericay) Does anyone have any experience - can you put my mind at rest?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 3:51 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:19 am
Posts: 50
I dont know if this helps but here goes. We moved to Steeple View to be in the catchment for The Billericay School (which, apart from the Grammars which we hope our children will be bright enough for, is our chosen comprehensive). The people who we bought our house from sent their children there and were very happy with the school and pointed out the school bus that picks up nearby.

I see this bus every morning as I take my kids to Primary and Ive been horrifed with what Ive seen - kids "bundling" younger ones, "gestures" out of the window, books thown the length of the bus - just general mayhem and its totally put me off! Although its 2 years until my eldest is in even in Yr6 I WILL be tackling the school about this nearer the time.

Since noting this behaviour, Ive actually made an effort to see what happens on other school buses that I see everyday (including the ones to the Westcliff & Southend Grammars) which is waiting at Laindon Station when I drop my husband off in the mornings. Usually the "mayhem" is upstairs and Ive seen the Grammar buses pretty lively, although probably not as bad as the goings on Ive witnessed on the Billercay School bus!

Having 50 or so unsupervised (for the most part) kids in a confined area is always going to be a challenging environment, however if bullying on these buses is a real issue, its something that the school needs to tackle.

Its my main concern about choosing a senior school for my kids (the transport) as we dont have one that is within walking distance and going to be a hot topic when I do the rounds of open evenings next year!

All I can suggest is contacting the school to find out their take on it, and possibly following the bus yourself a couple of times to see if you can witness some of what goes on (maybe a bit extreme, but I know Id do it LOL!).

My friends son goes to WHSB and gets the bus from Benfleet Station (just a normal bus not a school one) and she says he loves it, and there is never any trouble.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 9:57 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:20 pm
Posts: 3
Location: essex
Thanks Jessmum.
I see some of the school buses that go to Mayflower each day and the children upstairs look pretty wild to me! I dread to think what would happen to the ones upstairs at the front if there was an accident. I guess there are going to be good and bad experiences. My son is fairly timid so I worry how he would cope with such an environment. Having said that he has gone off Westcliff since attending its open evening last week!!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Dixechick1975, KSW7 and 5 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
CALL 020 8204 5060
   
Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright © 2004 – 2016