Our school draws students from a wide area which stretches well beyond our formal catchment area.

This means that transport is an important issue for all families and it brings organisational challenge to the school.

Free Transport

Staffordshire County Council will prove free school transport to our school for children who meet their criteria:

  • They live in Staffordshire
  • They are in Years 7-11
  • They live beyond walking distance from the school where they are registered
  • They live in the catchment area, or are at the nearest suitable school with places available

Full guidance on Staffordshire County Council’s transport provision – including regulations, timetables, SEND and vacant seat options – can be accessed here.

Public Transport

Alternatively, there are public buses that drop off and pick up on the school site and transport children to locations outside of catchment including Handsacre, Armitage, Longdon, Hill Ridware, Brerton, Rugeley, etc.

These bus routes are not free but can be accessed more cheaply through purchasing a long-term bus pass.


Our school is located 1.5 miles from Lichfield City train station and it is a half-hour walk away down a well-lit road.

Full details on the facilities and services at Lichfield City train station can be access here.

Parent Drop-Offs / Pick Ups

The school site only has only one entry and exit for vehicles and pedestrians and so we would ask that parents drop off and pick up their children from a short distance away from the site.

This is to reduce the risk to children as they arrive as / leave the school site and to allow access to the school buses which transport hundreds of children each day.

In an ideal world, the school would close the main school gates for a short window at the start and end of the school day but due to sharing the site with a community leisure centre we are currently not allowed to do this.


The school providers bike racks for students who wish to cycle to school although it is recommended that a lock is used.

All Year 7 children have an opportunity to take a Bikeability course which trains them to cycle safely in our city’s roads.


The school is set on a busy road in Eastern Avenue (A5192) but there are two traffic-light crossings close to the school entrance which means the school is safe to walk to if children follow the Green Cross Code.

A safe route for walkers or cyclists can be plotted using the map provided here.

If you require further information about our Elite Performers scheme, please contact Wendy Bennett, School Business Manager, via