Wokingham Borough Council has provided the following guidance which can be found in more detail on the school transport page of their website (or other home LA if applicable).

“For any pupils aged 11 to 16 years old, transport assistance can be considered where your child attends a designated area school. Transport can also be considered in the relatively few cases* where the school attended, although not a designated area school, is the nearest available school by radial distance. Transport in either case will only be provided if your child lives more than three miles from the school by the shortest safe walking route, unless there is no safe walking route...”

If Oakbank is chosen in preference to a nearer available school, transport would be the parents’ responsibility (this would equally apply to a non-designated area maintained school). Please note that in addition to the above, the enhanced statutory entitlement for low income families is still in force nationally (to any of 3 nearest available schools, if shortest walking distance is more than 2 miles).

Applicants will need to apply to their home LA, under that LA’s policy, if not a WBC-resident. WBC will in all cases only confirm entitlement on written application to their transport team. 

Current bus routes you may find helpful:

Fleet Buzz Route 72 and 82 - Heckfield Place, Riseley Dog & Partridge, Swallowfield The Crown, Spencers Wood

Post Office, Three Mile Cross. 72 arriving at Three Mile Cross at 08.11, 82 arriving at 07.39

Leaving Three Mile Cross at 16.10 and 17.08 respectively

Reading Buses Leopard Route 3 Arborfield Garrison, Arborfield Cross, Shinfield School Green. Arriving at Shinfield School Green at 07.48 and 08.11

Leaving Shinfield School Green at 16.12, 16.36, 16.51 and 17.13

Please check bus company websites as routes and times could change.