Blessed William Howard

The Painsley Catholic Academy was established in 2012. We are the largest Catholic multi-academy company in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

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For children who catch public service buses 

Currently, face coverings are required on all public transport.  

On some routes, where passenger numbers are particularly high, we will aim to separate pupils from the public temporarily.  In those circumstances, we are asking bus companies to arrange separate buses that will operate as dedicated school transport. New timetables will be provided by the operators, which may be quite different to last year.  Please be patient, the new timetable information will be published in late August at 

In these scenarios, pupils will board on the basis of distance from school – so those who live furthest will board first and sit at the back, while those who live closest will board last and sit at the front. There is no requirement to sit in year or age groupings and pupils must only travel on the bus they are allocated to. 

Parents are asked to provide children with face coverings to be worn during the journey, pupils to use the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance to the vehicle and to use the same seat each time. It is also recommended that pupils wash hands after arriving at school and before and after their journey home. 

And, of course, we would ask that pupil’s queue, board and disembark in an orderly manner.

Low-Income Families

Pupils in year 7 to 11 who are:

  • entitled to, and registered for, free school meals or
  • in receipt of the maximum level of working tax credit - in this case your working tax credit calculation within your award notice will say 'deduction due to income £0.00' 

Income-assessed travel assistance will be provided if:

  • Parents have a preferred school due to their religious or philosophical beliefs. The nearest suitable school would have to be more than 2 miles but less than 15 miles from home. You must be able to prove adherence to the faith of that school if it is a denominational school. For a Catholic school the admissions team will need a copy of your child's Catholic Certificate of Baptism or Certificate of Reception.

 For more information and applications click the link below:

Students who are not entitled to travel assistance from the county council.

We are able to provide a school minibus service for students who live in Wheaton Aston, Gnosall, Penkridge, Brewood and Woodseaves areas, however, places are limited and have to be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  To apply for a seat on this service, please contact Mrs Deakin on or complete the form below after reading and agreeing to the terms and conditions outlined in the letter.

Letter (22.06.20)                                                       Form (22.06.20)

Public buses are available into school from many different areas and the school and the council have worked in close collaboration to ensure safe transport arrangements are now in place to meet the needs of our students.

For full and up to date details on routes to our school please click this link.

PLEASE Contact Ann Holt  if you have any questions on 01785 278718