Woodcroft’s award winning transport service is operated by our own drivers and travel assistants with the support of classroom, maintenance and administrative staff. In 2017 we were singled out by the National Autistic Society for our work with children who find it hard to travel. The Autism Excellence Award shows our commitment to helping with issues affecting children’s education beyond the classroom. The service is a real team effort, so congratulations and thanks to everyone involved.
At Woodcroft we recognise that travel is an important part of each pupil’s day. It provides opportunities for learning through social interaction and useful contact between home and school.
Unlike most schools, we operate our own daily home to school transport service for some of our sending authorities. We introduced this pioneering idea in the 1970s (initially with a green VW camper van) and continued until local authority and independent transport services took over in the 1980s. Circumstances are changing again within some local authorities, and in response we have reintroduced our own service.
We always aim to work closely with local authority and independent transport services, providing free training, where required, and sharing strategies for individual pupils.
Our transport team (including driver Dave, pictured) also supports our many off-site activities throughout the day.