Travel and Transport
We are conscious that you are currently considering your daughter’s transport arrangements. At STAGS we are committed to ensuring that everyone travelling to school can do so as safely as possible. We also encourage all those travelling to school to use modes of transport which are environmentally friendly and to be aware of the needs of those living in the immediate vicinity of the school (unfortunately the school causes real traffic issues in all the local roads at the start and end of every school day!).
In order to achieve these aims we ask you to consider the following ideas:-
● If you live within 20 minutes walking distance of school, please encourage and allow your daughter to walk to school. If you are a little apprehensive about her walking at the start of the school year we may be able to arrange for her to walk with some older students.
● If your daughter has passed her Bikeability test and cycling is feasible, please encourage her to cycle to school. We have a safe storage facility for all students who cycle to school.
● If you need to drive your daughter to school, consider ‘car sharing’ with other families.
● If there is a convenient bus service, please encourage your daughter to use it. Information on public transport serving the school can be obtained from www.hertfordshire.gov.uk or www.intalink.org.uk (Tel: 0300 123 4050).
● Some of our parents organise excellent bus services which may be of use to your family. Details are shown below.
St Albans Girls' School is served by a variety of private and public bus services that ensure your daughter can travel to school. However, St Albans Girls' School provides no school transport. It is a Parents/Carers responsibility to ensure that, if they accept a place at STAGS, their daughter can arrive at school on time and travel to and from school safely. The school does not organise any buses for the students, but there are buses, organised by parents/Herts County Council, available from the following areas:-
Greenwood Bus Services - (dedicated school bus/private bus service)
Service 1 - Borehamwood, Shenley, Radlett, Frogmore, Park Street
Service 2 - Bricket Wood, How Wood, Chiswell Green, Verulam Estate
Buses stop at a number of dedicated points which are set out on an exact timetable which will be sent with your pass. Prices are dependent on route and are subject to change. Please contact Ann Hayward for details. Ann Hayward: Tel: 07905 201228 email: Greenwoodbusservice@gmail.com
E446 - Herts County Council Passenger Transport
Parents of students who are entitled to free school transport can apply for this through Admissions and Transport at Hertfordshire County Council. This should be done as soon as is possible and once Admissions and Transport have been contacted then they will send out forms for the parent to complete. Spare seats on a vehicle are allocated last and HCC do not process these until the new school year has started and they have ensured that all entitled children are dealt with. Parents should contact HCC directly once the 2020/21 academic year has started if they wish to pay for a spare seat on the E446.
Bus serves Kimpton, Blackmore End, Wheathampstead, St. Albans Girls' School.
Please contact Herts County Council Admissions and Transport for more details: Tel: 0300 123 4040
email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This bus service is operated for Herts County Council by Richard Taylor Travel. Parents must apply via Herts County Council, these contact details are just for enquiries/lost property 01462 442409, email: email@example.com
84 and 84A Metroline Buses serve Barnet, Potters Bar, South Mimms, London Colney, St Albans City Centre and St Albans Girls’ School (bus comes on site twice in the morning and two buses collect at 3.20pm) Metroline 01707-347700 www.metroline.co.uk
300, 301 Buses serve Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Fleetville (Hatfield Road), St Albans City Station, St Albans City Centre and St Albans City Hospital 305 Buses serve Brookmans Park, Welham Green, Colney Heath, Smallford, Fleetville, St Albans City Station, St Albans City Centre, Green Lane
321 Buses serve Luton, Harpenden, St Albans and Watford (stops on Harpenden Road/Sandridgebury Lane)
653 Buses serve Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Jersey Farm, Marshalswick, New Greens
For further information please contact:
Arriva Buses - www.intalink.org.uk - 0300 123 4050
Metroline Buses Serving St Albans Girls' School
Metroline bus route 84 provides a 7 day a week service between New Barnet and St Albans via Potters Bar, South Mimms, London Colney, Cell Barnes and St Albans. The service runs from early morning until late evening at intervals of around 30 minutes during weekday daytimes (half-hourly beyond Potters Bar to New Barnet).
Two morning journeys (one from New Barnet, the other starting at Potters Bar) are extended to STAGS on schooldays and vice versa in the afternoons. These are ordinary service buses available to the general public. Students are asked to use the most appropriate bus for their journey to avoid either bus becoming too full.
Full timetable details can be found on the Metroline website. Timetable booklets are also available on the buses. Enquiries can be made at Potters Bar bus garage on 01707 347700 during office hours Monday to Friday, email: firstname.lastname@example.org (or 7 days a week 07.00-22.00 at Traveline on 0871 200 2233 for bus times only).
Details of any service delays or disruption are given out on Twitter @MetrolineH, which we recommend you follow.
Information on fares can found via Metroline website.
Adult and child single and day return fares are available from the driver at any time of day on route 84. There is also a range of day, weekly and monthly tickets which can be bought on bus, details of which can be found at www.metroline.co.uk/country-routes, see ‘Our Fares and Tickets’. We now take contactless cards for fares up to £45, any fare above this can be bought on the app or in cash. They will give change when available but exact fares are helpful.
Metroline also offer ‘m-tickets’ on smartphone through the free INTALINK app. These period tickets can be bought using debit/credit card or Pingit and are sold at a discount to the on-bus versions, offering the best value for money in most cases. New ticket types are added from time to time.
Metroline offer discounted tickets covering half a term at time. There is a ‘Rover’ version which includes route 242 (Potters Bar – Waltham Cross) as well as route 84, while the ‘Colney’ version is available for journeys on route 84 between Colney Fields and St Albans, both valid to and from STAGS on the schoolday journeys. These tickets can currently only be bought on bus, at the start of each half-term, but can be used at any time including weekends until their expiry date. Prices are shown at www.metroline.co.uk/country-routes each term.
Child fares are only be available to under-11s, unless in possession of a valid SaverCard issued by Hertfordshire County Council. Details of these are available at www.intalink.org.uk . The card should be placed on the reader on top of the bus ticket machine in order to obtain the child fare. This applies to all 11-18 year olds, otherwise adult fares are charged. (As an alternative, a Transport for London Child Oyster photocard may be used to obtain the child discount but only up to age 16 and only for journeys starting or finishing within the Greater London area).