Travel Plan

While we understand it is not possible for everyone to abandon cars and find other ways to get to school and work, did you know that if, just once a week, we lift share, cycle or walk to school, we will make a significant impact in reducing mileage by cars and create less damage to the environment.

  Why do it?

  • Reduce congestion around school.
  • Reduce pollution.
  • Reduce parking problems.
  • Improve relations with the local community.
  • Show an environmentally responsible approach to the school run.
  • Reduce the costs of the school run.
  • Reduce the time and stress in taking children to and from school.
  • Meet new parents and children.
Yarrells Preparatory School Minibus

Please email if you are interested in offering or joining a car share with fellow parents.  

If you are interested in finding out more information about our school mini bus transport please click here.  


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In January 2014 Yarrells started work on a new Travel Plan, working in consultation with experts from ECA Architecture and Planning. As a first step, questionnaires were circulated to all families. The response rate of 65% was excellent, with 121 families from a total of 170 returning many positive suggestions.
Each response has provided the school with valuable information to help prioritise an action plan, which in turn will enable the school to support more sustainable travel choices.

What did the survey tell us?

As a result of the survey, we learnt that whilst there is clearly a concentration of families based in the Poole and Bournemouth areas, there are also significant clusters in areas such as Broadstone and Corfe Mullen, Lytchett Minster and Lytchett Matravers and along the Swanage to Upton corridor. We also learnt that: Just over half of families live more than 5 miles from school.
Distance families travel to Yarrells
86% of families travel to school by car either on their own or sharing lifts with others.
Distance families travel to Yarrells
Convenience and distance were the main reasons given for travelling this way. Over half of families said they would prefer their children to travel sustainably, although 73% said they would not allow their child to cycle to school regularly for reasons of age, safety and distance. Lift sharing and access to a minibus service were by far the most popular preferences to travel to and from school. 45% said they would be willing to liftshare and 54% would use a School minibus service if there was more capacity available, and also if the current service was extended to the afternoons too.
Yarrells families preferred modes of transport

So what do we plan to do next?

In the short term, we want to focus on three areas you told us were the most important to you: We have already purchased a new minibus and we are investigating expanding our routes, with the possibility of an additional minibus service operating along the Swanage to Upton corridor. Secondly, we have signed up to a web-based ‘lift share’ service called This will enable families who wish to share lifts, to register securely so they can connect with other like-minded families.

School Carshare Scheme 

Finally, we will establish a Travel Plan webpage on the Yarrells website so we can communicate further initiatives with you over the months and years ahead.

This is only the start of the work, but with your continued support we hope the Travel Plan will bring many positive benefits to the school community.

We are very grateful to everyone in the Yarrells School community for the positive response to this initiative, and for the evident keenness of parents, staff and pupils to work together to promote more sustainable travel solutions, in keeping with our strong commitment to being a responsible ECO school. As ever, we are keen to hear from you at any point with any suggestions or ideas to help us in fulfilling this. Your support is greatly appreciated.