Travel to School

School Buses

Parents operate a fleet of school buses in conjunction with Birkdale School to take girls to and from the school. These routes operate in conjunction with local operators. Extensions to existing routes or additional services can be negotiated by agreement to suit the needs of the girls travelling on them. 

A detailed list of bus routes and contacts can be found in our Admissions booklet here

Public Transport

  • Some girls come to school by train, arriving at Sheffield Station. They then catch a bus to our main campus. Routes used include from Barnsley, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Hope Valley, Rotherham and Worksop.
  • Bus stops are located on roads close to the School. Some girls use public service buses from Bakewell, Castleton, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Worksop. Further information on routes and times can be obtained from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.
  • For further information, please contact the school's Director of Finance and Operations, Mr I Kane on (0114) 266 0324 or by email on

By Car

From Clarkehouse Road, access to the school entrance is via Rutland Park. Parents should be aware that this route becomes extremely congested at the beginning and end of the school day and finding a place to park can be difficult.

Road safety, particularly on Melbourne Avenue, is an ongoing concern. We ask parents not to bring cars on to Melbourne Avenue and cars parked on the grass verges or side of the road and turning round in the driveways of the Infant and Junior School buildings are potentially very dangerous safety risks to the children as they walk to and from school. We ask that parents only park in designated bays or use non-permit holder parking bays on surrounding roads.

We also ask parents not to block neighbours’ driveways or sound their horns to attract their daughter’s attention. Please show consideration when parking or picking up your daughters from school. Please could parents not park in the staff car parks on Rutland Park as we do not have enough room to accommodate extra cars.

Parking for evening events is almost always available on Melbourne Avenue, in the Sixth Form car park and on Ash Grove.

Our walking bus scheme operates from the main school entrance on Rutland Park where Infant and Junior school parents can drop their daughters safely and easily and sixth formers will escort the girls through the school grounds to Melbourne House.