Travelling to Dollar

Over one third of Dollar Academy pupils live locally and most will travel to school on foot. Our remaining pupils travel to school by public or private transport.

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Coach Network

*ABERDOUR COACH*

Due to this bus arriving late at school in the mornings and for operational safety reasons the following changes will be implemented from Monday 30 September 2019.

The start of the route will remain the same, with the current timings.  The coach will, however, now turn in Limekilns as there is concern about the exit via Charlestown over the railway bridge.  Therefore, there will be no stops in Charlestown.

The route will change after Torryburn so that the coach travels directly to High Valleyfield. There will therefore be no stops in Low Valleyfield or Culross on the morning run. The coach will thus be approximately 6 minutes earlier in High Valleyfield.  In the afternoon the coach, on request, will drop pupils at Culross and Low Valleyfield.

The coach services are provided to help and facilitate pupils travelling to and from the school. Unfortunately, we are not able to facilitate every request to change or amend a route.  I wish to thank the parents that I have contacted recently about these changes for their support and understanding.  We hope that this will save about 6 minutes in the journey time, which will mean the coach should routinely arrive on time for school.

 

 

 

There is an extensive network of school bus and coaches bringing pupils into school along routes from Aberdour, Auchterarder, Alloa, Bannockburn, Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Dunfermline, Falkirk, Glenrothes, Hillfoots, Linlithgow, Limekilns, Perth, St Andrews, and Stirling.  On all routes, there are ‘early buses’, which leave after the school day has finished at 3:25pm, and ‘late buses’, which leave from 5:00pm, allowing pupils to participate in after-school activities.

Our school buses are a mixture of public routes and privately hired vechicles.

The school bus stop is located on Mylne Avenue in front of the School Dining Hall. Unless otherwise instructed, all pupils will get off and on their school bus from this stop. Payment for the privately hired routes must be made in advance at the school.

The private hire routes are organised by the school to support pupils travelling to and from school on a daily basis.

  • The school uses approved local companies who comply with all current legislation.
  • Unlike commercial buses the times published on the timetables are advisory, due to private hire coaches not being allowed to wait in bus stops. In most cases the key timing points will be adhered but this is not always possible.  Pupils should arrive in plenty of time as traffic conditions or fewer passengers on the day may make an early departure possible (no more than 5 minutes early).  However, it is not expected any service should leave the first pick up point early at the start of the service.
  • Many factors affect the running times of coaches on a daily basis and the school cannot take any liability for the failure of the service, timing errors, stops missed, accidents, etc.
  • Pupils are legally required to wear a seat belt on a coach. If a pupil does not adhere to this, then they may lose the right to use these services.
  • The school expects the same level of behaviour from our pupils when travelling to school as we do during the school day. Any pupil not adhering to this may have their right to travel withdrawn.
  • If a pupil misses a private hire coach, then the responsibility to transport them to or from school lies with the parent /guardian not the school.
  • If a pupil misses a private hire coach or First bus at the end of the school day, then they should notify the school office or a member of the SSG. They will then be able to wait in one of the boarding houses until their Parent or Guardian can collect them.

For day-to-day bus transport enquiries, please phone 01259 740507.

By Car

We have a designated carpark for licensed drivers in Form VI, which is located beside the school dining hall.

Parents with children in Prep School can drop-off their child by car on the Back Road between 8:45am and 9:00am and collect them at the end of the school day, taking note of the east to west one-way system.  This road does become highly congested during drop-off and pick-up times, so parents may wish to consider parking elsewhere and walking their child in to school.

Parents with children in the Junior and Senior Schools should use the visitors parking on Mylne Avenue to drop their child.

Parents and pupils are not permitted to enter the school grounds by car during drop-off and pick-up times.  Drivers entering the school outwith these times must adhere to the 10mph speed limit and note that pedestrians have right of way.