We have negotiated with GWR for reduced season tickets to be available for students to use between their home and school/college. For details of fares and to purchase tickets phone GWR on 0345 6786972 selecting option 3, option 3. Payment can be made via credit or debit card. This line is available from 08:00 until 18:00, Monday to Friday. Note that the line can be very busy near the start of term, so please call well in advance.
Rail Familiarisation Visits
When year 6 primary school children move to secondary school they may need to use local trains as part of their school journey. For many children this will be both the first time they have travelled on a train and the first time they have journeyed to school on their own.

So we organise rail familiarisation visits which are designed to give young people the the confidence to travel independently by rail as they progress to secondary school. During the day out, to either Weston-super-Mare or Severn Beach, pupils are given an overview of how to stay safe on the station. They are shown how to plan a rail journey, check the train times and buy a ticket, and they take part in - an often lively - question and answer session. Once at the beach, each child receives bespoke outdoor learning sessions from Forest Child. Activities include using renewable energy sources and give context to using rail as a sustainable travel option. Sheltered accommodation is available if the weather is inclement. From June to December 2014, 510 pupils from 10 schools across the region participated in a rail familiarisation visit; 122 of the pupils told us this was their first ever journey by train.

To qualify for a visit, the Primary school must be within easy reach of a local station, with the prospect that some children will use the train for their journey when they transfer to Secondary School. The visits are organised by the Severnside Community Rail Partnership in conjunction with Forest Child and GWR Customer Ambassadors. There is no charge for the day out, but children will need to bring their own packed lunch and suitable clothing for the likely weather on the day.

Visits can be booked by the Primary School by contacting the Partnership Officer.
School art schemes
We encourage primary and secondary schools located near local rail stations to sponsor displays of pupils' artwork at the station - and we may sometimes be able to help with external funding. The artwork not only brightens up stations, but gives the children a real interest in looking after "their" station, which in turn has shown to considerably reduce anti-social behaviour, vandalism and graffiti. The artwork also publices the work of the school to the wider local community. The artwork can take a number of forms - from permanent murals to poster cases which can be used for short term displays, which are changed at regular intervals, thus involving more children. The Partnership can provide suitable poster cases - but note that on a railway platform they may not be completely weatherproof, so lamination may be desirable!