Angry parents criticise borough's bus service

Dorset Echo: NOT FARE: Angry parents Tracey Puckett, Mark Videan, Karen Stone and Jackie Isbell at Weymouth bus garage NOT FARE: Angry parents Tracey Puckett, Mark Videan, Karen Stone and Jackie Isbell at Weymouth bus garage

ANGRY parents from Weymouth and Portland have criticised the borough’s bus service.

The regular customers claim that the ‘unreliable’ service provided by First is making their children late for school.

They have hit out against the ‘expensive’ fares of the company’s school and public transport services which, they claim, ‘never arrive on time’.

Jackie Isbell, of Sussex Road, blames the First service for making three of her children late for school and college. She claims she could now face court action and a £1,000 fine if her two children continue to turn up late to The Wey Valley School.

It comes as part of Dorset County Council’s fast track policy which aims to deal with absence from schools which could lead to legal action.

Mrs Isbell, 44, said: “It costs me around £60 a month in bus fare to get my children to school and college.

“The school bus turns up 40 minutes late and other buses they could get never arrive on time. I am forced to dish out so much money on taxi services because of this. My son and daughter are being monitored under the fast track policy and I could get a £1,000 fine.

“This problem has been ongoing since last term.”

The mum-of-four has since created a Facebook group, named First Buses Weymouth Complaints, which attracted almost 200 members within two days. Scores of bus customers have posted their complaints on to the site.

She added: “The service has not been good enough for two and a half years. We want a reliable timetable with buses that don’t break down. So many people have posted their bad experiences on the Facebook page, the company need to address these issues.”

Mark Videan, aged 48, of Chickerell Road, said his daughter Keira, eight, was often late to Bincombe Valley Primary school.

He said: “I pay £100 a month on daily fares for me and my daughter. She is late for school a lot because of late buses and they are so expensive.”

Tracey Puckett, 30, travels from Portland each day to take her four children to Weymouth schools.

She said: “I wait 50 minutes every day to get on a bus that should come every ten minutes. It makes my children late for school which is unfair.”

Karen Stone, aged 45, of Littlemoor Road, said: “I’ve spent hours waiting and been late for work many times.”

Policy on class absence

DORSET County Council aims to tackle both late arrivals and absence by pupils at schools.

A spokesman said: “The Department for Education’s (DfE) view is that unnecessary absence is unacceptable, and must be prevented and tackled by schools.

“The DfE therefore expects all schools and local authorities to focus on reducing overall absence – particularly unauthorised and persistent absence.

“We therefore fully support the DfE’s expectations, and Dorset schools have a range of programmes that work with families and pupils on improving attendance.”

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11:44am Fri 21 Sep 12

Never Wrong says...

What is needed here is that children go to the nearest schoo lpossible and stop this choice of schools, Taking children to weymouth schools from portland should not be acceptable when the schools on portland are just as good as weymouth.
What is needed here is that children go to the nearest schoo lpossible and stop this choice of schools, Taking children to weymouth schools from portland should not be acceptable when the schools on portland are just as good as weymouth. Never Wrong
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11:54am Fri 21 Sep 12

snowleopard says...

No comment from First who jumped on the bandwagon when Damory failed on School Transport last year.
First set up special service buses from Weymouth to Dorchester Schools to compete with Damory contract coaches.
Seems they need to get their own house in order.
The old Southern National and Smiths of Portland were never that bad.
Maybe Sir Richard Branson should start a bus company in Dorset.
Well he does have a 'beef' with First on the railways
No comment from First who jumped on the bandwagon when Damory failed on School Transport last year. First set up special service buses from Weymouth to Dorchester Schools to compete with Damory contract coaches. Seems they need to get their own house in order. The old Southern National and Smiths of Portland were never that bad. Maybe Sir Richard Branson should start a bus company in Dorset. Well he does have a 'beef' with First on the railways snowleopard
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11:57am Fri 21 Sep 12

maximan says...

Never Wrong wrote:
What is needed here is that children go to the nearest schoo lpossible and stop this choice of schools, Taking children to weymouth schools from portland should not be acceptable when the schools on portland are just as good as weymouth.
That's definitely just your matter of opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Never Wrong[/bold] wrote: What is needed here is that children go to the nearest schoo lpossible and stop this choice of schools, Taking children to weymouth schools from portland should not be acceptable when the schools on portland are just as good as weymouth.[/p][/quote]That's definitely just your matter of opinion. maximan
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12:05pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Taxpayinglocal says...

what the hell!! im reading all this thinking "bloody bus company" i get near the end of the article to find people living on Chickerell Road have kids going to Bincombe School!!!! and people living on Portland have kids all go to Weymouth schools, what a waste of my time feeling sorry for these people when again it seems to be thier own fault for not going to the closest school.
what the hell!! im reading all this thinking "bloody bus company" i get near the end of the article to find people living on Chickerell Road have kids going to Bincombe School!!!! and people living on Portland have kids all go to Weymouth schools, what a waste of my time feeling sorry for these people when again it seems to be thier own fault for not going to the closest school. Taxpayinglocal
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12:16pm Fri 21 Sep 12

stench says...

Taxpayinglocal wrote:
what the hell!! im reading all this thinking "bloody bus company" i get near the end of the article to find people living on Chickerell Road have kids going to Bincombe School!!!! and people living on Portland have kids all go to Weymouth schools, what a waste of my time feeling sorry for these people when again it seems to be thier own fault for not going to the closest school.
People deserve a choice, and no school is the same as another!

They are right to moan about about a 50min wait on a 10min running bus service, at peak time!

Thought we was being incouraged into public transport...

But it does seem there's is two stories here. Council trying to tackle persistant absences (not specific to lateness), whilst the parents are complaining about a bus service.

I wonder if Mrs Isbell's two children are in trouble for being late for 'first' class of the day, or they're being monitored because of truanting. very unfair to threaten fines, when such a poor transport service is the only option. can't even say get the bus before, cos it sounds like very few are running! No excuse for a 50min wait!
[quote][p][bold]Taxpayinglocal[/bold] wrote: what the hell!! im reading all this thinking "bloody bus company" i get near the end of the article to find people living on Chickerell Road have kids going to Bincombe School!!!! and people living on Portland have kids all go to Weymouth schools, what a waste of my time feeling sorry for these people when again it seems to be thier own fault for not going to the closest school.[/p][/quote]People deserve a choice, and no school is the same as another! They are right to moan about about a 50min wait on a 10min running bus service, at peak time! Thought we was being incouraged into public transport... But it does seem there's is two stories here. Council trying to tackle persistant absences (not specific to lateness), whilst the parents are complaining about a bus service. I wonder if Mrs Isbell's two children are in trouble for being late for 'first' class of the day, or they're being monitored because of truanting. very unfair to threaten fines, when such a poor transport service is the only option. can't even say get the bus before, cos it sounds like very few are running! No excuse for a 50min wait! stench
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1:14pm Fri 21 Sep 12

thevoiceuk says...

Living in Preston, I never, ever take a bus when I have a deadline (i.e. to work). So unreliable- there is no point.
Living in Preston, I never, ever take a bus when I have a deadline (i.e. to work). So unreliable- there is no point. thevoiceuk
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1:54pm Fri 21 Sep 12

lives in weymouth says...

I know one of the individulas who commented saying they get a bus from Portland to Weymouth and Just to clarify that not every member of the public has a choice where their children go to school, so to the comment saying kids who live on portland should not attend a weymouth school, what do you propose the mother of those children does when it gets agreed through a court custody battle where they attend school, as it best meets the needs of the children to continue at the school they first started to ensure continuity of the childrens education, not that it is any of your concern why children attend a different school.... and surley the issue is the poor service, she pays for her tickets the same as everyone else and is entitled to an adequate service the same as the rest of you regardless of circumstances.
I know one of the individulas who commented saying they get a bus from Portland to Weymouth and Just to clarify that not every member of the public has a choice where their children go to school, so to the comment saying kids who live on portland should not attend a weymouth school, what do you propose the mother of those children does when it gets agreed through a court custody battle where they attend school, as it best meets the needs of the children to continue at the school they first started to ensure continuity of the childrens education, not that it is any of your concern why children attend a different school.... and surley the issue is the poor service, she pays for her tickets the same as everyone else and is entitled to an adequate service the same as the rest of you regardless of circumstances. lives in weymouth
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5:05pm Fri 21 Sep 12

westhamtenant says...

hi thanks for your comments. the reason why my youngest daughter goes to bincombe school is because she is attending the same school as all her siblings. she loves the school.my other children go to wey valley school which is our catchment school.my son and daughter are being monitored for being late and for no other reason. they love school. my complaint is the lack of buses not just getting my children to school but the elderly, the workers the disabled etc. the mums who only have a couple of hours in between the school run. the people that need to go to town and go about their daily business. im not blaming any of the drivers. they have are the first face that a passenger sees and therefore on the front line of any abuse.. and boy have i seen some drivers get attacked..i have to pay for my bus tickets for myself and children and so when i pay over 60.00 every week for bus tickets i expect to have the sevice i pay for.thanks for the comments through my facebook page called first buses weymouth complaints. jackie isbell
hi thanks for your comments. the reason why my youngest daughter goes to bincombe school is because she is attending the same school as all her siblings. she loves the school.my other children go to wey valley school which is our catchment school.my son and daughter are being monitored for being late and for no other reason. they love school. my complaint is the lack of buses not just getting my children to school but the elderly, the workers the disabled etc. the mums who only have a couple of hours in between the school run. the people that need to go to town and go about their daily business. im not blaming any of the drivers. they have are the first face that a passenger sees and therefore on the front line of any abuse.. and boy have i seen some drivers get attacked..i have to pay for my bus tickets for myself and children and so when i pay over 60.00 every week for bus tickets i expect to have the sevice i pay for.thanks for the comments through my facebook page called first buses weymouth complaints. jackie isbell westhamtenant
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6:27pm Fri 21 Sep 12

TERRAloyal says...

The bus service is a shambles. I've just started at Weymouth College and have to catch the bus from Littlemoor Bridge every day. Its NEVER on time. On Monday, I had to be in by 9am, left home at 08:10 thinking I had plenty of time. Saw 4 buses head into Littlemoor, one drove straight past us refusing to stop, and it was another quarter of an hour till another showed up. Then the driver decided to stop for ten minutes at Broadway church and again at the Spa pub! got into college at quarter to ten!

One day last week, i waited on Lodmoor Hill for 70 minutes before a bus finally showed! takes the micky

was late quite a lot for school last season thanks to the buses too. And teachers dont accept the bus showing up a fortnight late as an excuse. Something's got to be done because it takes the micky. People have to be in school, college and work on time and many of us rely on public transportation too.

They charge extortionate fares, show up half an hour late, stop for a break twice on the way into town and then we're the one's who suffer for being late!

rant over. :)
The bus service is a shambles. I've just started at Weymouth College and have to catch the bus from Littlemoor Bridge every day. Its NEVER on time. On Monday, I had to be in by 9am, left home at 08:10 thinking I had plenty of time. Saw 4 buses head into Littlemoor, one drove straight past us refusing to stop, and it was another quarter of an hour till another showed up. Then the driver decided to stop for ten minutes at Broadway church and again at the Spa pub! got into college at quarter to ten! One day last week, i waited on Lodmoor Hill for 70 minutes before a bus finally showed! takes the micky was late quite a lot for school last season thanks to the buses too. And teachers dont accept the bus showing up a fortnight late as an excuse. Something's got to be done because it takes the micky. People have to be in school, college and work on time and many of us rely on public transportation too. They charge extortionate fares, show up half an hour late, stop for a break twice on the way into town and then we're the one's who suffer for being late! rant over. :) TERRAloyal
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6:33pm Fri 21 Sep 12

TERRAloyal says...

was in football mode when i wrote my first comment, i meant i was late for school a lot last year lol
was in football mode when i wrote my first comment, i meant i was late for school a lot last year lol TERRAloyal
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4:37pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Taxpayinglocal says...

Taxi from Lodmoor hill to wey-valley school is about £4.50, 4 kids in one taxi 4.50 divided by 4 is £1.12 each, im sure you can find 3 other kids in your area to all meet at Lodmoor hill to pay £1.12 each for a taxi. £1.12 may even be cheaper than the bus by the talk of things above.
Taxi from Lodmoor hill to wey-valley school is about £4.50, 4 kids in one taxi 4.50 divided by 4 is £1.12 each, im sure you can find 3 other kids in your area to all meet at Lodmoor hill to pay £1.12 each for a taxi. £1.12 may even be cheaper than the bus by the talk of things above. Taxpayinglocal
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7:09pm Sat 22 Sep 12

ksmain says...

stench wrote:
Taxpayinglocal wrote:
what the hell!! im reading all this thinking "bloody bus company" i get near the end of the article to find people living on Chickerell Road have kids going to Bincombe School!!!! and people living on Portland have kids all go to Weymouth schools, what a waste of my time feeling sorry for these people when again it seems to be thier own fault for not going to the closest school.
People deserve a choice, and no school is the same as another!

They are right to moan about about a 50min wait on a 10min running bus service, at peak time!

Thought we was being incouraged into public transport...

But it does seem there's is two stories here. Council trying to tackle persistant absences (not specific to lateness), whilst the parents are complaining about a bus service.

I wonder if Mrs Isbell's two children are in trouble for being late for 'first' class of the day, or they're being monitored because of truanting. very unfair to threaten fines, when such a poor transport service is the only option. can't even say get the bus before, cos it sounds like very few are running! No excuse for a 50min wait!
Why do people deserve a choice?

If I live near to a particular school I would expect my child to be automatically go there, not be swamped by those parents who don't live nearby, just because they think it may have a better standard

The government should be focussing on improving those schools that are faltering, not avoiding the problem by giving parents choice to avoid the supposedly bad ones. And, as others say on here it would then not be necessary for kids from Portland not to attend their local schools and therefore undertake any unnecessary journeys.
[quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Taxpayinglocal[/bold] wrote: what the hell!! im reading all this thinking "bloody bus company" i get near the end of the article to find people living on Chickerell Road have kids going to Bincombe School!!!! and people living on Portland have kids all go to Weymouth schools, what a waste of my time feeling sorry for these people when again it seems to be thier own fault for not going to the closest school.[/p][/quote]People deserve a choice, and no school is the same as another! They are right to moan about about a 50min wait on a 10min running bus service, at peak time! Thought we was being incouraged into public transport... But it does seem there's is two stories here. Council trying to tackle persistant absences (not specific to lateness), whilst the parents are complaining about a bus service. I wonder if Mrs Isbell's two children are in trouble for being late for 'first' class of the day, or they're being monitored because of truanting. very unfair to threaten fines, when such a poor transport service is the only option. can't even say get the bus before, cos it sounds like very few are running! No excuse for a 50min wait![/p][/quote]Why do people deserve a choice? If I live near to a particular school I would expect my child to be automatically go there, not be swamped by those parents who don't live nearby, just because they think it may have a better standard The government should be focussing on improving those schools that are faltering, not avoiding the problem by giving parents choice to avoid the supposedly bad ones. And, as others say on here it would then not be necessary for kids from Portland not to attend their local schools and therefore undertake any unnecessary journeys. ksmain
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8:42pm Sat 22 Sep 12

portland rebel says...

my kids have been late all week trying to get the bus from fortuneswell to royal manor, buses full or not turning up.
my kids have been late all week trying to get the bus from fortuneswell to royal manor, buses full or not turning up. portland rebel
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12:32pm Sun 23 Sep 12

niceonecyril says...

One has to ask where the busses that are driving around on our roads are actually going to? Littlemoor has more busses than anywhere else, you ALWAYS see them driving round the estate, and Portland is the same. Would it be parents hoping to get out of a court appearance and fine, because they can't get their kids to school on time? yea that's what I thought too.
One has to ask where the busses that are driving around on our roads are actually going to? Littlemoor has more busses than anywhere else, you ALWAYS see them driving round the estate, and Portland is the same. Would it be parents hoping to get out of a court appearance and fine, because they can't get their kids to school on time? yea that's what I thought too. niceonecyril
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2:46pm Sun 23 Sep 12

diadus22 says...

what about the buses that arrive 1hr late and tell you they are only going to Victoria sq, or the diver says "Iam turning around at weston corner". I am sick to death of First Buses..I agree with the other commenter, let Sir Richard Branson have a go!!!
ps had a letter from First, sorry about the bus it was having an MOT
what about the buses that arrive 1hr late and tell you they are only going to Victoria sq, or the diver says "Iam turning around at weston corner". I am sick to death of First Buses..I agree with the other commenter, let Sir Richard Branson have a go!!! ps had a letter from First, sorry about the bus it was having an MOT diadus22
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4:37pm Sun 23 Sep 12

snowleopard says...

Buses for MOT are off the road for a week to go through a pre MOT check and rectify any faults found, then it goes to Bluebird for a steam clean then onto Poole for it's MOT.

Well that was system in Southern National's day and expect it is still similar.

That letter from First was a joke or an attempt at 'Bulls**t baffles brains'
Buses for MOT are off the road for a week to go through a pre MOT check and rectify any faults found, then it goes to Bluebird for a steam clean then onto Poole for it's MOT. Well that was system in Southern National's day and expect it is still similar. That letter from First was a joke or an attempt at 'Bulls**t baffles brains' snowleopard
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11:15am Mon 24 Sep 12

stench says...

ksmain wrote:
stench wrote:
Taxpayinglocal wrote: what the hell!! im reading all this thinking "bloody bus company" i get near the end of the article to find people living on Chickerell Road have kids going to Bincombe School!!!! and people living on Portland have kids all go to Weymouth schools, what a waste of my time feeling sorry for these people when again it seems to be thier own fault for not going to the closest school.
People deserve a choice, and no school is the same as another! They are right to moan about about a 50min wait on a 10min running bus service, at peak time! Thought we was being incouraged into public transport... But it does seem there's is two stories here. Council trying to tackle persistant absences (not specific to lateness), whilst the parents are complaining about a bus service. I wonder if Mrs Isbell's two children are in trouble for being late for 'first' class of the day, or they're being monitored because of truanting. very unfair to threaten fines, when such a poor transport service is the only option. can't even say get the bus before, cos it sounds like very few are running! No excuse for a 50min wait!
Why do people deserve a choice? If I live near to a particular school I would expect my child to be automatically go there, not be swamped by those parents who don't live nearby, just because they think it may have a better standard The government should be focussing on improving those schools that are faltering, not avoiding the problem by giving parents choice to avoid the supposedly bad ones. And, as others say on here it would then not be necessary for kids from Portland not to attend their local schools and therefore undertake any unnecessary journeys.
just because you settle for second best, dont mean anyone else should!

Good education often means better jobs, careers...

Let's hope you havent failed your kids by this 'put up with it' attitude!

Some people fight to give their kids the best in life!
[quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Taxpayinglocal[/bold] wrote: what the hell!! im reading all this thinking "bloody bus company" i get near the end of the article to find people living on Chickerell Road have kids going to Bincombe School!!!! and people living on Portland have kids all go to Weymouth schools, what a waste of my time feeling sorry for these people when again it seems to be thier own fault for not going to the closest school.[/p][/quote]People deserve a choice, and no school is the same as another! They are right to moan about about a 50min wait on a 10min running bus service, at peak time! Thought we was being incouraged into public transport... But it does seem there's is two stories here. Council trying to tackle persistant absences (not specific to lateness), whilst the parents are complaining about a bus service. I wonder if Mrs Isbell's two children are in trouble for being late for 'first' class of the day, or they're being monitored because of truanting. very unfair to threaten fines, when such a poor transport service is the only option. can't even say get the bus before, cos it sounds like very few are running! No excuse for a 50min wait![/p][/quote]Why do people deserve a choice? If I live near to a particular school I would expect my child to be automatically go there, not be swamped by those parents who don't live nearby, just because they think it may have a better standard The government should be focussing on improving those schools that are faltering, not avoiding the problem by giving parents choice to avoid the supposedly bad ones. And, as others say on here it would then not be necessary for kids from Portland not to attend their local schools and therefore undertake any unnecessary journeys.[/p][/quote]just because you settle for second best, dont mean anyone else should! Good education often means better jobs, careers... Let's hope you havent failed your kids by this 'put up with it' attitude! Some people fight to give their kids the best in life! stench
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11:17am Mon 24 Sep 12

stench says...

niceonecyril wrote:
One has to ask where the busses that are driving around on our roads are actually going to? Littlemoor has more busses than anywhere else, you ALWAYS see them driving round the estate, and Portland is the same. Would it be parents hoping to get out of a court appearance and fine, because they can't get their kids to school on time? yea that's what I thought too.
hmm...

you are a complete tool!
[quote][p][bold]niceonecyril[/bold] wrote: One has to ask where the busses that are driving around on our roads are actually going to? Littlemoor has more busses than anywhere else, you ALWAYS see them driving round the estate, and Portland is the same. Would it be parents hoping to get out of a court appearance and fine, because they can't get their kids to school on time? yea that's what I thought too.[/p][/quote]hmm... you are a complete tool! stench
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11:30am Mon 24 Sep 12

3rdAccount says...

Nothing has changed; I lived on Abbotsbury Road and went to Wey Valley. The buses were nearly always late so I chose to cycle (and stay fit at the same time) – this should be even safer now that Dorchester road is hardly used - worth considering?

Has Mrs Isbell actually tried to move her children to Badmouth School (which is closer).

Also, I wonder if the late buses getting too much of the blame for her children's lateness?
Nothing has changed; I lived on Abbotsbury Road and went to Wey Valley. The buses were nearly always late so I chose to cycle (and stay fit at the same time) – this should be even safer now that Dorchester road is hardly used - worth considering? Has Mrs Isbell actually tried to move her children to Badmouth School (which is closer). Also, I wonder if the late buses getting too much of the blame for her children's lateness? 3rdAccount
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11:14pm Mon 24 Sep 12

ksmain says...

stench wrote:
ksmain wrote:
stench wrote:
Taxpayinglocal wrote: what the hell!! im reading all this thinking "bloody bus company" i get near the end of the article to find people living on Chickerell Road have kids going to Bincombe School!!!! and people living on Portland have kids all go to Weymouth schools, what a waste of my time feeling sorry for these people when again it seems to be thier own fault for not going to the closest school.
People deserve a choice, and no school is the same as another! They are right to moan about about a 50min wait on a 10min running bus service, at peak time! Thought we was being incouraged into public transport... But it does seem there's is two stories here. Council trying to tackle persistant absences (not specific to lateness), whilst the parents are complaining about a bus service. I wonder if Mrs Isbell's two children are in trouble for being late for 'first' class of the day, or they're being monitored because of truanting. very unfair to threaten fines, when such a poor transport service is the only option. can't even say get the bus before, cos it sounds like very few are running! No excuse for a 50min wait!
Why do people deserve a choice? If I live near to a particular school I would expect my child to be automatically go there, not be swamped by those parents who don't live nearby, just because they think it may have a better standard The government should be focussing on improving those schools that are faltering, not avoiding the problem by giving parents choice to avoid the supposedly bad ones. And, as others say on here it would then not be necessary for kids from Portland not to attend their local schools and therefore undertake any unnecessary journeys.
just because you settle for second best, dont mean anyone else should!

Good education often means better jobs, careers...

Let's hope you havent failed your kids by this 'put up with it' attitude!

Some people fight to give their kids the best in life!
You completely missed the point of my post.

As for the 'better education often means better jobs' - it used to but no longer. How many university graduates are out of a job (let alone a better paid one)? Must be a few judging by the number of applications I have seen from university graduates applying for jobs that are at no better salary that had they left school at 18 to get a job.

As for my child she is doing fine thanks - she is perfectly self-motivated to do well. Perhaps it is because we fight to give our child the best in life, at the school in our catchment area!!!
[quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Taxpayinglocal[/bold] wrote: what the hell!! im reading all this thinking "bloody bus company" i get near the end of the article to find people living on Chickerell Road have kids going to Bincombe School!!!! and people living on Portland have kids all go to Weymouth schools, what a waste of my time feeling sorry for these people when again it seems to be thier own fault for not going to the closest school.[/p][/quote]People deserve a choice, and no school is the same as another! They are right to moan about about a 50min wait on a 10min running bus service, at peak time! Thought we was being incouraged into public transport... But it does seem there's is two stories here. Council trying to tackle persistant absences (not specific to lateness), whilst the parents are complaining about a bus service. I wonder if Mrs Isbell's two children are in trouble for being late for 'first' class of the day, or they're being monitored because of truanting. very unfair to threaten fines, when such a poor transport service is the only option. can't even say get the bus before, cos it sounds like very few are running! No excuse for a 50min wait![/p][/quote]Why do people deserve a choice? If I live near to a particular school I would expect my child to be automatically go there, not be swamped by those parents who don't live nearby, just because they think it may have a better standard The government should be focussing on improving those schools that are faltering, not avoiding the problem by giving parents choice to avoid the supposedly bad ones. And, as others say on here it would then not be necessary for kids from Portland not to attend their local schools and therefore undertake any unnecessary journeys.[/p][/quote]just because you settle for second best, dont mean anyone else should! Good education often means better jobs, careers... Let's hope you havent failed your kids by this 'put up with it' attitude! Some people fight to give their kids the best in life![/p][/quote]You completely missed the point of my post. As for the 'better education often means better jobs' - it used to but no longer. How many university graduates are out of a job (let alone a better paid one)? Must be a few judging by the number of applications I have seen from university graduates applying for jobs that are at no better salary that had they left school at 18 to get a job. As for my child she is doing fine thanks - she is perfectly self-motivated to do well. Perhaps it is because we fight to give our child the best in life, at the school in our catchment area!!! ksmain
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1:31pm Tue 25 Sep 12

Big Marv says...

I've had no problems with the 88 service so far, touch wood. Always on time, 100% school attendance.

Not sure why the other routes are troublesome.
I've had no problems with the 88 service so far, touch wood. Always on time, 100% school attendance. Not sure why the other routes are troublesome. Big Marv
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