Parents can’t afford school bus fares
So once again Kent County Council’s Conservative councillors ride roughshod over any semblance of democratic accountability by deliberately ignoring the very real concerns of parents and opposition councillors over the further limiting of school bus accessability for 11 to 16-year-olds, by voting to approve the £350 cap on freedom passes.
Our daughter started at St Anselm’s RC secondary school, Canterbury, last September after seven years at St Simon’s RC Primary School, Ashford, following in the footsteps of her two brothers.
In summer 2011, the KCC Conservative administration announced plans to scrap the previous long-standing grammar and faith school bus provision and, despite trenchant opposition from schools, churches and parents, proceeded to do so from September 2012, thus destabilising the secondary schools admissions procedure and limiting school choice for many.
Thankfully in our case, a solution was found (or so we thought) whereby the Freedom Pass would be recognised on a new Stagecoach school bus service, enabling prospective St Anselm’s pupils