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Councillors scrap bus passes for kids - but keep their own


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All kids who go to Church of England and Catholic primary and secondary schools across the city will have to pay £1.20 a day, per child, in future if the proposals go through:

 

http://postcodegazette.com/news/9002723695/council-set-to-scrap-bus-passes-for-kids-attending-church-schools-AT-sheffield-sheffield-town-hall/

 

There is a consultation on the plans which closes on Friday. Parents can give their view at: admissionsconsultation@sheffield.gov.uk

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Thats pretty outrageous!

Why just for Church Schools?

Is it because they are not under control of the LEA?

Wouldn't it be fairer to just extend the min. distance a child has to live from the school to be eligable for free travel?

Also children attending church schools especially somewhere like Notre Dame come from a larger catchment hence the need for bus travel.

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Am I right in thinking that non-church school kids don't get free buses and have to pay their own way? If so, then I support this removal of the free passes to god-botherer kids. Why should they get free transport if others don't?

 

Am I right in thinking that non Catholic pupils attending Catholic schools,

already do not receive free bus passes other than for special needs

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It has always been the case that kids (at any school) who live over 3 miles away are entitled to a free pass, hasn't it? I had one as my catchment area school was about 5 miles away (Bramall Lane to Dore), but I had to go there.

 

As the article says, sending your child to a distant school, out of choice for religious reasons, rather than your catchment area school which might be 5 minutes away, is a CHOICE that shouldn't have to be funded by someone else.

 

 

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My cousins attend All Saints and live in Handsworth. When I asked my auntie why she sent them there and not to a local school, her answer was "well, because they had a catholic christening"

 

Her husband is Jamaican, and his family (in Jamaica) are church goers, so they had Catholic christenings for the kids and a catholic wedding service, but other than that, they do not practice any Catholic religious stuff on a day to day basis, and I'm sure they would get on just fine at a local school.

 

 

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