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Mums travel free this Mother’s Day

A great way to celebrate Mother’s Day!

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Mums can travel for free on any bus around Crawley this Mother’s Day with Metrobus.

The free ride is a gift from Metrobus and is valid for travel across the Crawley Metrobus network on Sunday March 11 when accompanied by a full fare-paying second person with the Mother’s Day Crawley Duo Metrorider ticket. It is available on the app from the morning of Saturday 10 March.

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Metrobus Marketing Manager Charlotte Bruce said:

“Even on Mother’s Day women have to get about and get on with their busy working lives. We hope that we can make the day a little easier with this gift.”

For this Mother’s Day Metrobus have announced special Mother’s Day Duo m-tickets, where up to two people can travel together for the price of one in our Crawley, Horsham and Redhill & Reigate Metrorider areas.

You can download the app from Google Play or the App Store to purchase the special Mother’s Day Duo tickets.

Terms & Conditions:

  1. This special ticket is only valid for travel on Sunday 11th March.
  2. Up to two people can travel on this ticket, children are eligible to travel on this ticket, the ticket is open to anyone to purchase and travel within the valid area on 11th March.
  • Mother’s Day Crawley Metrorider Duo: £4.40
  • Mother’s Day Horsham Metrorider Duo: £4.40
  • Mother’s Day Redhill & Reigate Metrorider Duo: £4.40
    *Normal price for the Duo is £8. The individual Day Metrorider is £4.40

To view the boundaries of the Metrorider areas in map form, please click here.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the app from the morning of Saturday 10th March. Once activated the Mother’s Day Duo m-tickets will expire on 12th March at 0359.

For more information go to the Metrobus website or click here.

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Crawley school students launch petition for change as funding cuts threaten their education

The change.org petition has been launched by some students at Thomas Bennett Community College and already has over 200 signatures.

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The school has been in the news over the past few months due to the funding cuts by TKAT.

With teachers leaving the school and residents community meetings being held with councillors it has been and continues to be a turbulent time for all associated with the school.

Now some students have taken it upon themselves to launch their own petition aimed it seems at changing the school for the better.

The students say:

“We are Students that are currently attending Thomas Bennett. We are undertaking our GCSE’s and are month’s away from exams. With limited welfare support throughout the school, such as a medical room assistant or a pastoral support assistant for each year we are struggling tremendously with the way the school is run due to low funding.”

The student who has launched the petition also mentions how he emailed the CEO of TKAT raising his concerns but was told it ‘wasn’t in their hands and overall should stop talking about it’.

Whilst the petition does not mention it there is a feel that the aim is to bring the school back into public sector as stated by Crawley Council leader Peter Lamb who has show his support of the petition.

The petition states:

“Over the years Thomas Bennett has struggled with funding, only to which this struggle became increasingly more difficult when the academy, TKAT, took over our school. Profit not students success is what this academies aim is and large group of students including me are ready to do whatever needs to happen for something to change! Whether that’s a whole year walkout or a strike with the whole school. “

It adds:

“A walk out is something TKAT does not want to face especially with media coverage and limited time for year elevens, a whole year will not just get bad qualifications with missed time but will also reflect on the education that is being provided for students by this school run by the academy.”

The very fact that students themselves have now made the decision to make a stand shows how passionately the pupils feels about their educational needs but a viable outcome still seems distant.

A spokesperson from the Kemnal Academies Trust commented,

“We welcome our students’ active involvement in their education and the Trust has been working directly with the students at Thomas Bennett.

Funding is a national issue for Education affecting all schools, with the West Sussex “worth it” movement taking a leading part in the campaign to improve funding for all schools”.

The petition can be read here.

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