Travelling to Dene Magna Sixth Form Campus
Dene Magna Sixth Form is based at the Steam Mills Campus in Cinderford, a building shared with Gloucester College. This is where you will see your tutors and where the majority of subjects hold their lessons. Some lessons are held at the main Dene Magna School site in Mitcheldean, and a free minibus is provided to transport students between the two sites only for scheduled classes. The timetable for this can be found on the Student Information board outside the Sixth Form Office.
It is your responsibility to organise travel to campus in the morning, and home again - this document contains information to help you plan your journey. Different transport options are available depending on where you live, though you may prefer to walk or cycle if you are able. Many students organise lift-shares once they have passed their driving test.
Students in post-16 education are not entitled to free transport, so it’s important to consider how you are going to travel to campus and arrive on time each day. Now that you have more independence and a variable study timetable, you might need to use one of the public transport options listed below.
You may be able to apply for a bursary to assist with travel costs if you are from a low-income family.
Grindles School Coaches
Sixth Form students may be able to purchase bus passes from Gloucestershire County Council to fill any remaining seats on the daily school coaches, which will bring them to the main Dene Magna School site in Mitcheldean.
Further information: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/transport/school-transport/
Apply for a pass: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/transport/school-transport/spare-seat-scheme/
From Dene Magna School, a designated Grindles school coach will transport students to the Steam Mills Road bus stop (on the A4151, opposite Murco petrol station - 8 mins walk to campus). This journey is charged separately and can be booked through Grindles: www.grindlescoaches.co.uk/contact-us
At the end of the day, students can catch the Grindles coach from the Steam Mills Road bus stop back to the main Dene Magna site in Mitcheldean. They can then change to the relevant school coach for their onward journey if necessary. This journey is also charged separately.
Dene Magna Mini Bus
A minibus will run to Northern areas which are not served by a bus route, arriving at the Steam Mills campus at 8:45am. The minibus departs from the Steam Mills Campus at 15:30pm for the return route.
Mitcheldean, Dene Magna School 08:00 departure
Lea, Village Stores 08.09
Weston Under Penyard, Penyard Gardens 08.13
Weston Under Penyard, Weston Cross 08.15
Ross on Wye, Gloucester Road 08.20
Ross on Wye, Tudorville 08.24
Walford, Church 08.28
Walford, Mill Race 08.29
Ruardean, Church 08.37
Ruardean, Varnister Road 08.38
Steam Mills, Dene Magna Sixth Form 08.45 (15:30 departure)
This service is provided by Dene Magna School - the school does not make a profit, however a termly charge is made to cover running costs - please pay via ScoPay and book your place on the bus by contacting the Sixth Form Office.
Please Note: the minibus has a maximum capacity of 16 students and seats will be assigned on a first-come basis. See the map below for the proposed route via Lea, Ryeford, Ross-on-Wye, Walford, and Ruardean - stops may be added/removed along the route as per demand in September. Only students who are booked onto this service may use it and seats will not be allocated until after enrollment, at the start of September.
Stagecoach Public Bus
Find up-to-date timetables here: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables
View a map of all routes on the ‘local maps’ tab here: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/maps
Routes 22 and 24:
22 - Minsterworth, Westbury, Littledean, Cinderford, Steam Mills Campus
22 - Lydney, Milkwall, Coleford, Broadwell, Five Acres, Worrall Hill, Ruardean, Steam Mills Campus
24 - Churcham, Huntley, Longhope, Mitcheldean, Drybrook, Steam Mills Campus
24 - Coleford, Christchurch, Broadwell, Cinderford, Steam Mills Campus
These routes stop at the ‘Cinderford Glos College’ bus stop on campus.
33 - Ross-on-Wye, Weston-under-Penyard, Pontshill, Lea, Mitcheldean
This route could be helpful to travel directly to the main Dene Magna School site. The bus stops at ‘The Lamb’ in the village, and you would need to walk up the hill (about 5 minutes).
An on-demand minibus service run by Gloucestershire County Council, 7am to 7pm.
The Robin uses the bus stop on campus, and covers numerous areas such as Blakeney, Newnham, Soudley, Ruspidge, Lydney, and more (including those covered by Stagecoach routes 22 and 24, which may offer more flexibility for students wishing to travel outside scheduled service times).
Book a seat via phone, website or app up to two weeks in advance.
For more information and to book: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/transport/the-robin/
Last updated: 11/05/23