St Patrick’s Academy draws its pupils from a wide catchment area. Many pupils, therefore, travel to school each day by bus. Currently pupils travel from as far away as Carrickmore, Pomeroy, Lurgan, Armagh, Cookstown and Moortown.
We have a purpose-built bus only platform at the rear of the building to accommodate the large numbers of pupils who travel to school via either Translink buses or other private bus companies. The bus platforms, 9 in total, all are clearly marked and spread across a large area to lessen the impact of congestion.
At the end of the school day pupils who avail of Translink, or other buses, should make their way to the supervised indoor waiting area or to the bus platforms awaiting their bus. The bus drivers for a given area always park in their assigned platform number. Pupils are asked to arrive promptly for their buses as the platforms require a quick turnaround. Mr Mulgrew is the St. Patrick’s Academy Bus Co-Ordinator; he will call each bus number and the area in which it will be travelling on a loudspeaker. The bus platforms will be supervised by teaching staff to ensure all pupils safely and appropriately load their correct bus. In the unlikely event a pupil misses their bus, and no other bus can accommodate the destination, the pupil will be guided towards reception to contact home and await safely on their arrival.