Coach Service

The School runs an extensive coach service for more than 600 pupils at North London, which provides a popular and safe means of travelling to school. The service is far reaching, as we want to make the School accessible to as many girls as possible from across London.

The start times for the morning coaches vary depending on the length of the route but all aim to reach the School by 8.20-8.25 am. Shuttle buses also operate between the School and Edgware and Stanmore tube stations in the mornings and Edgware and Canons Park tube stations in the afternoons.

We also run late shuttle bus services to Mill Hill Broadway and to Harrow on the Hill and Harrow & Wealdstone stations in the evenings (Monday to Thursday).

Registration takes place at 8.40 am. On those rare occasions when the coach is late, your daughter won’t miss any activities and their tutor/ teacher will catch up with them later in the day.

‘Early’ afternoon coaches for Junior School girls leave at 3.25pm or 3.40pm (unless they are involved in a club in which case girls in Years 3-7 can use the ‘main’ coach service leaving at 4.15pm). An adult chaperone rides with each of the early coaches.

The ‘main’ coach service in the afternoon departs at 4.15pm.

See further details of the routes and timings below.

Coach Options for girls in different years throughout the School:

 

Mornings

Afternoons

 Shuttle Buses - (before & After -School)Main
R 1 - R22
Early 3.25pm
E1
Early 3.40pm 
E2 - E4
Main 4.15pm 
R 1 - R22

Late 5.30pm
Potters Bar and Baker St

Reception, 

Years 1 & 2

Yes
Escorted by Parents
Yes
Escorted by Coach Pals
Yes
Chaperoned
Yes
Chaperoned
NoNo
Years 3 - 7Yes
Unescorted
Yes
Unescorted
NoYes
Chaperoned
Yes
Unescorted
Yes
Exceptionally
Years 8 - 13YesYesNoNoYes  Yes

* Please note that the specific routes through the areas covered by the coach service may change from year to year.

Contact information:

For general information regarding the Coach Services, please see 'Our Coach Services', 'Schedules', 'Application Forms' and 'Junior School' coach information below.

For general enquiries regarding the coach services, please contact the Transport Team on 020 8951 6490 or via email at coach@nlcs.org.uk.

Operator information:

For specific information about individual coach services on the day of travel, please use the following contact numbers or select the link to the operator’s website:

NLCS: North London Collegiate School   020 8952 7041

BT : Bessway Travel Ltd   020 8908 0785

CH : CoachHire.com    020 3198 1499

We use emails and texts to communicate with parents and will send a text to alert you to delays of more than 10 minutes. We monitor the actual position of all of the routes in real time as this allows us to see if they are keeping to schedule.

 

Coach routes and timetables

Routes and Stops

To identify which route is closest to your home please follow the links below to the Main, Early and Late coach routes and stops.  

Click on the Search Magnifier (top Left) to enter your postcode.  Clicking on the stop nearest your home will provide you with details of the Route Number, Name and the Stop Name, which you can give to the Transport Team to check to see if there are spaces available on the coaches.

Main coach routes and stops   

Early and Late coach routes and stops 

 

The schedule for each route is shown below with timings and Google Map and Street views:

 

Shuttle Bus Service: am & pm
(Senior School Only)

NLCS

Shuttle buses A - F

Main Coach Routes: am & pm

CH

1 - Hammersmith

CH

2 - Belsize Village

CH

3 - Parliament Hill/Market Place

CH

4 - Muswell Hill

CH

5 - Totteridge

CH

6 - Southgate

CH

7 - Finchley

CH

8 - St Albans/Radlett

CH

9 - Potters Bar

CH

10 - St. John's Wood

CH

11 - Maida Vale / Queens Park

NLCS

12 - South Kensington / Belgravia

NLCS

13 - Highbury & Islington  

NLCS

14 - Ealing / Greenford

NLCS

15 - Harpenden  

BT

16 – Eastcote / Rayners Lane

BT

17 - Rickmansworth / Northwood

CH

18 - Marketplace (am only)

CH

19 - Mill Hill / Finchley   

CH20 - Wembley

CH

21 - Golders Green

CH

 22 - Finchley / Ballards Lane  

 

‘Early’ Afternoon Routes: pm only
(Junior School Only)

BT

E1 – St John’s Wood

CH

E2 – Belsize Village

BT

E3 – St John’s Wood (later)

NLCS

E4 – Northwood

 

‘Late’ Evening Routes: pm only

BT

Potters Bar

BT

Baker Street

 

Contact information:

For general enquiries regarding the coach services, please contact the Coaches Team on 020 8951 6490 or via email at coach@nlcs.org.uk

Operator information:

For specific information about individual coach services on the day of travel, please use following contact numbers or select the link to the operator’s website:

NLCS : North London Collegiate School   020 8952 7041

BT : Bessway Travel Ltd   020 8908 0785

CH : CoachHire.com    020 3198 1499  

Cost of Using the Coach Service

Parents currently pay £1,515 pa for single journeys (am or pm) or £1,894 pa for return trips.

We offer a 50% discount to girls starting in Reception for the Autumn term only and a 50% discount to girls in Years 11 and 13 for the Summer Term only whilst they are taking their exams.

All other services are charged for a full week and for a full term.   

Girls wishing to use the 'late' coach services must be registered on a return service or an afternoon service.

There are no charges for the shuttle buses.

Information for Junior School girls

What time does school begin?

The doors open at 8.30am for the First School and girls can be dropped off between 8.30am and 8.45am.  The Lower School girls can be dropped off between 8.15 - 8.30am and registration is at 8.40am.

How old do the girls have to be before they can use the coach service?

Reception children can use the 'main' coach routes in the morning and the 'early' routes in the afternoon as soon as they are settled in school and a ‘coach pal’ has been identified.  This usually takes a couple of weeks. 

Who looks after the girls on the coach?

The coach team works closely with the Junior School staff to identify a ‘coach pal’ (i.e. a girl from Y5 or above) who will look after the First School girl on the coach in the morning. The coach pal will ensure your daughter is seated and belted up. She will escort her to the First School and hand her over to the staff. Many lovely relationships (and babysitters!) arise from the coach pal system.  

Adult Chaperones are assigned to the 'early' coaches in the afternoon.

Is the school accessible by tube?

The school is within walking distance of Edgware, Canons Park or Stanmore stations.

There is a minibus shuttle service from the Edgware and Stanmore stations in the mornings and from school to Edgware and Canons Park tube stations from 4.30pm in the afternoons.

Parents/carers can then accompany the girls to school on the tube and then they can be chaperoned on the minibus and escorted into the First School in the mornings.

What time does the school day end?

The First School day ends at 3.10pm. Girls with sisters in the Lower School may wait in their classrooms until 3.20pm. Girls using the afternoon coach service home, are collected by the escort at 3.20pm. The Lower School day ends at 3.25pm and After School Clubs end at 4.00pm.

Are there any after school activities for the First School?

Year Two girls are able to have small group recorder or violin lessons after school. They may also wait in the late room until 4.00pm if they have a sister in a Lower School club.

Can my daughter wait for her older sibling and use the 4.15pm coaches?

Girls in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 cannot travel home at this time, but from Year 3 girls can use the 'main' coach services to get home if they have been to an After School Club, or if their destination is not covered by an 'early' coach, or if they are waiting for an older sibling and have attended After School Care which operates from 4.00pm- 5.30pm. Year 3 girls will not be escorted on this service.