School Drop Offs and Pick Ups 

General Points

  • Parents/Carers/family members/friend etc. cannot access the school premises at the start or end of the school day (unless accessing the main office) either on foot or in any form of transport to drop off or collect their child
  • The only exception to this is if a pass has been awarded allowing access to the school site at the above times – passes will be reviewed termly.

School Transport – Safe Drop Off at the start of the School Day

  • The school gate opposite the main entrance to the school will be closed between 8.45am and 9.10am and the zebra crossing will be “coned off” to prevent access to the front of the school.
  • Transport dropping children off at the school enters the premises through the main school gate and follows the circular track on the yard; stopping to drop the children off at the main corridor entrance to the school before exiting the school via the track.

School Transport – Safe Release at the end of the School Day

  • The school gate opposite the main entrance to the school will be closed between 3.00pm and 3.25pm and the zebra crossing will be “coned off” to prevent access to the front of the school.
  • Transport should be on the school yard by 3.15pm waiting to collect the students.
  • All transport waits on the yard until staff signal release when they have checked that there are no students on the yard.
  • Cars and Taxis will be released first followed by school buses

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School Transport is currently available for children living in the areas outlined in the school’s admissions policy – Middleton St George, Middleton One Row, Neasham, Bishopton, Sadberge, Great Stainton, Little Stainton and the rural areas of Sockburn, Low Dinsdale and Hurworth Moor.

Children living in the Firthmoor area (as defined on the map which lies South of Harris Street) will qualify for “school transport” if their application for a place at Hurworth School is successful, under the sibling or distance criterion.

Darlington Borough Council has a duty to make the necessary travel arrangements for ‘eligible children’ under Section 508B of the Education Act 1996.

The Council will provide ‘free’ transport in the following circumstances:

  • To the nearest appropriate and/or suitable school determined by the Local Authority which is more than 3 miles from the parental address using the shortest walking route judged to be safe
  • To children entitled to free school meals or those families in receipt of the maximum level of working tax credit to:-
    • 1 of their 3 nearest appropriate and/or suitable schools which is more than 2 miles but less than 6 and or
    • To the nearest suitable school on grounds of religion or belief which is more than 2 miles but less than 15

All applications for statutory school transport must be made through the School Transport Team at Darlington Borough Council.

Hurworth School are able to offer places on existing routes to parents/carers of secondary age children; however there will be a cost for this provision.

Parents/carers who are not entitled to ‘free’ transport can apply for a fare paying place on an existing school coach, however there is no guarantee that every child who applies will be allocated a place; this offer only applies to children living two miles or more from the school.

It is a parents / carers responsibility to get their child to school and your choice of school should not be affected by the availability of transport.

Further information can be found here:

Apply for a place

Applications for September 2024 are now open, to apply for a place complete the following form

School Transport Application 2024

Email for further information.

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