Temporary Changes due to COVID-19

We have been working with County Transport and the bus operators to get students to the Academy in time for registration at 8.45am. The following services will be operating earlier from Monday 28 September: the 218, 219, 219a, 220, 223 and 230. Please see the attached timetable here for more details.  Please make sure students arrive at the bus stop five minutes before the expected collection time.

Regrettably the commercial service 428 to Hilton run by Hawkes transport will not be operating in the evenings at either 2.45pm or 3.45pm due to lack of demand.  It will still operate as usual in the morning.

Please remind students that they should always wear their face coverings when using school transport. Students can be refused to right to travel if they fail to comply.

Home School Transport

The responsibility for transport to and from the Academy rests with parents, however, free school transport is provided for some students. In such cases, it is the local authority who organise and are responsible for the provision of contracted services. A copy of the 2019 County Council transport timetable can be found here.

Parents who drop their child off / collect their child from the Academy are asked to drive and park carefully in the village. We encourage parents to use the gravel car park near the leisure centre.

The Academy has a secure cycle storage facility for any student wishing to cycle to and from the Academy. This facility is locked during the Academy day. Students are expected to wear a cycle helmet.

Students within the normal Academy catchment area entitled to free transport:

  • Students entitled to free school transport are usually those who live within catchment area but in excess of three miles from the Academy.
  • Applications for a school bus pass should be made electronically at the following address: or via South Derbyshire Student Services (telephone: 01629 537479 or email:
  • If a student moves house parents/guardians MUST inform Derbyshire County Council to ensure that the student is eligible to travel on the school bus (even if the same bus is used). For changes of address, the ‘Previous Address’ section of this form needs to be completed and submitted electronically: transport
  • Please note that applications may take a number of weeks to process (during this period of time, responsibility for home-school transport lies with the parent/guardian).
  • John Port Spencer Academy requires all students to follow a code of conduct to ensure the journeys to and from the Academy are safe and pleasant for all students.
  • Transport provision for students in this category is the responsibility of Derbyshire County Council.
  • Derbyshire County Council will inform both the parent and the Academy which bus a child has been allocated to and the child’s bus reference number – this reference number will then be printed on the student’s ID card, which also doubles as a bus pass. If your child has lost their ID card and needs a temporary bus pass so they can travel to/from the Academy, they should ask at the Ashbourne Student Services Office
  • Students wishing to change their assigned bus should see go to the Ashbourne Student Services Office for further advice.


Staff are on duty in the bus park at the end of the Academy day. If your child has lost or forgotten their bus fare, they should see a member of staff who will call home to arrange alternative transport.