Transition Tips 2021 Week 7

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week we would like your son to revisit the journey planning we started in week 2.  There is a grid to fill in on page 12 of the transition booklet to assist with this.

For those students who will be travelling to school by bus, the KCC travel Saver bus pass is usually the cheapest option, although you will need to investigate this in more detail if you are local but still intend to use the bus for short journeys or if you will not be using the pass every day.  For most student’s journeys this pass will save you around 50% of what you might pay for an annual season ticket from a bus operator.  The pass costs £370 for the year and this can be paid in full up front or spread over the year by direct debit.  There are lower cost and free passes available for children and families meeting certain criteria.

To apply you must be:

  • a resident of Kent (whose household pays Council Tax to a Kent district/borough council for Kent County Council services)
  • at school in years 7 to 11, whether they go to school in or outside of Kent.

You will need to apply for your son’s pass before 1st August to ensure it is ready for him to collect in school on the first day of term.  More information about the travel saver pass can be found here: https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-transport/KCC-travel-saver
At the time of writing the application system was currently unavailable due to technical issues. KCC are working on the issue and apologise for the inconvenience – please check back regularly so that you can apply before the deadline – we will let you know when we are aware it is working again!

For those students who will be travelling to school by train, it may be a good time to start to investigate season tickets – it can sometimes work out cheaper for weekly tickets rather than monthly depending on where the holidays fall in any given month – this could be something your son looks into himself.

Our term dates for the 2021-22 academic year can be found here: https://www.opgs.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Academic-Term-Dates-2021-22.pdf

We are really looking forward to speaking to the new students – our teams group calls have started this week but it will take a while to get through all of you so don’t panic if you are not booked in for a while!  If you have not yet booked a space on one of these sessions, full details can be found in last week’s email and the booking link is here:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=2VNLBthAZ0i0ky6UmgbtE5BIrjYkJNZBibIbtyxtPs1UQzEwQk1SRU40NFRKWllWSFg4UjNJNzFMSi4u
We have removed from the booking form any sessions that are already full, so any session still showing should have availability.

Kind Regards,

Miss Beeney & Mr Keeling Jones

Miss C Beeney – SENCo and Director of Studies, Year 7

Mr M Keeling Jones – Senior Pastoral Leader

Activity/Tip for Parents/Carers

Activity: My journey to School

Work with your child to see how confident he is at planning their journey to school.

Activity/ Tip for students

Activity: My journey to School

Activity on p12

How long will your journey take?

What time will you need to leave your house to make sure you arrive at school on time?

How will you get home?

What about the timings of your return journey?

Bus passes

Can you find out:

  • How to use it?
  • Where will you store it to keep it safe?
  • What to do if the pass is lost?
  • What to do if you miss your stop?
  • What to do if the bus doesn’t come or is full up?
  • Who to tell if you or someone else is being bullied on the bus?

Train season tickets

Can you find out:

  • How will I get my ticket? Online or at the station?
  • Weekly? Monthly? Daily? Which is cheapest?
  • How to use it?
  • Where will you store it to keep it safe?
  • What to do if the ticket is lost?
  • What to do if you miss your station?
  • What to do if the train doesn’t come, is rerouted or delayed?
  • Who to tell if you or someone else is being bullied on the train?