Transport

Transport for students

Please note the updated guidance for school transport and information about changes to bus services from September 2020. Further information can be found on our COVID-19 Information page.

School buses and coaches to secondary school are arranged and organised by East Sussex County Council.

If you have any questions regarding transport to Beacon Academy, including bus passes and routes, the School Admissions & Transport Team at County Hall can be contacted on 0300 3309472 or via this link.

If you have any other transport questions, East Sussex County Council Transport Department can be contacted on 01273 335088 or via this link.

Guidance for school transport: Return to school 2022-2021

We have consulted with the Local Authority and relevant public transport providers to ensure that an appropriate plan is in place to protect students and staff who use public transport to get to our school, in line with Government guidance.

Capacity on public transport is still limited given the requirements for social distancing. This may be challenging for children and young people who travel to school or college by bus. Therefore, students and staff are encouraged to consider alternative ways of getting to and from school, such as walking or cycling, or be dropped off by a member of their household where this is a safe option. Where this is not possible, and students and staff need to use public transport, they are required to follow guidelines on social distancing and wear a face covering at all times in line with Government policy.

Further details have been provided about East Sussex school and college transport arrangements for the Autumn term following transport guidance from the DfE. A summary of the guidance is summarised on our COVID-19 Information page.

The transport section of the Local Authority’s back to school pages will be regularly updated to reflect the measures in place, as well as the latest Government advice relating to COVID-19. We recommend that parents and carers ensure that they are fully aware of the arrangements in place.

Changes to East Sussex bus services:

A revised timetable for the 29 bus will be in operation and will include an extra afternoon bus for students returning to Tunbridge Wells (service 228).

Bus service changes (including back to school changes)

Information about any changes to bus services is available here

East Sussex Coach timetables

The latest coach timetables and updated guidance for travel using this service will be available here

Home to school transport - Information for parents, carers and students

Young Person’s Travel Pass - East Sussex

East Sussex County Council offer a free 3i-D Card, an East Sussex bus, ID & discount card for all 11-19 year olds who live, work or study in East Sussex.

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Beacon Academy students can apply online using the link below and the Unique Organisation Code (UOC) BEAC6E. Visit the 3-iD website to find out more, or apply online via the paperless application scheme.

Kent County Council Travel Saver - Kent

Kent County Council provide a Travel Saver scheme in order to assist parents with the cost of bus travel and to promote sustainable travel. The pass provides subsidised bus travel at school times for all secondary aged students living in Kent .

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Please visit the Kent County Council website for information about how to apply.

Kent County Council Travel Saver Booklet

Kent County Council Travel Saver Application Form

Parking

Parents and carers are not permitted to drive onto the Beacon Academy site during school drop off and collection without prior permission from the school. Driving onto site causes significant congestion with understandable safety concerns and prevents County transport for both Beacon Academy and Grove Park School from accessing or leaving our site at the designated times.

Please be considerate if you are parking a vehicle in the residential streets around Beacon Academy. Please ensure that you do not park across residents driveways, on grass verges or block their access to their property as this can inevitably cause significant congestion on and around our neighbouring residential streets. In addition to this, please remember to turn your engines off while waiting. Leaving your engines running creates substantial noise for our neighbours and a large amount of pollution in an area that is heavily populated by children.

Many thanks for your continued support.