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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 3:46 pm 

Joined: Mon Apr 26, 2021 2:02 pm
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Hello All,
I am new to this group. We are currently based at Cinderford, Forest of Dean and have no school buses operating in this route to Pates Grammar School.
We have also checked with independent bus companies listed in the school webpage.

Would it be an inconvenience if we request here to set up a request in this regard that could help to reach out to other parents nearby.

Would be kind enough to advise if there is any existing carpool sharing club of parents.The details of the parents of any children who would commute from in and around Forest of Dean. We would be more than glad to be part of a carpool sharing if possible.

edited to remove comments re social media groups

Our sincere apologies if this request has led to any inconvenience.
we hope that this minor hiccup could be a blessing for more than one parent.
Sincerely appreciate your understanding.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 5:16 pm 

Joined: Fri Sep 15, 2006 9:51 am
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Welcome to the forum, sorry I have had to remove some comments about social media groups as these are against the forum rules.

I hope you get transport sorted out - if considering car sharing it would be worth reading the following post with several points worth considering :

Checklist when considering a car share:

• How much do you really know about the other parent from a child safeguarding point of view? (Remember, anyone working with children, e.g. bus drivers for the school service, must have a current DBS form.)

• How much do you really know about their driving skills? Have you seen their insurance and car roadworthy details? (Remember that public transport and dedicated school services are required to have these, to a high level.)

• How would you cope if your child fell out with the other children in the car pool, or wanted to do different after school activities, or didn't want to stay after school when the other children were staying late?

• How would you cope if one of the other car pool parents had their car break down, or off the road for some other reason, at short notice?

• What if it's your turn to drive, and you or your child is sick?

• What if the other family turns out to be unreliable, or the driver/their child is regularly late, or ill?

• What if the other child moves to a different school?

• What if one child needs to stay after school for an activity or event?

• What if the driver smokes when driving?

• What if the driver's conversation turns out to be objectionable or age inappropriate?

(With acknowledgements and thanks to one of our members who suggested that this guidance might prove helpful.)

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