Par­ents can’t af­ford school bus fares

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Stanhope Fire -

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

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