Back to School


This page will be kept updated with useful information and guidance for parents/carers on the opening of schools and colleges in September 



How does your child feel about being back at school?

Please take a moment to complete our short follow-up survey to let us know how your child found the experience of returning to school, nursery or further education.  You can download the previous survey findings here (pdf, 786kb).  


Southwark's Back to School guide

Click here (pdf, 840kb) to download Southwark's Back to School health information booklet or visit the Council's website for details.  You can also email the Back to School team if you have any queries regarding your child returning to school.  


Bus changes ahead of the return to school

As schools return in September, buses, as the most common transport mode for school children, are likely to see the biggest increase in demand. 

To help manage this TfL are introducing changes to buses during term time on weekdays from 07:30-09:30 and 14:30-16:30 that will help with safe travel:

  • dedicating a number of existing buses for school travel only on routes with a frequent service that are likely to be the busiest. These buses will have clear signs to differentiate them from regular bus services and information will be posted at bus stops and online

  • adding over 200 extra dedicated School Service buses on some of the busiest routes with less frequent services. This includes adding buses to existing school bus services. These measures have been prioritised for routes on which students travel longer distances

Check to see if your route is affected or view a full list of bus routes affected.

Plan and allow more time for your journeys, if you are travelling by bus during school travel times as you may have to wait longer. 

Watch the TfL video to see what other changes we have made to our buses that help safe and sustainable travel.


DfE Guidance for full opening of schools in September 2020

All pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term.  This guidance is intended to support schools, both mainstream and alternative provision, to prepare for this. 

The guidance also covers expectations for children with special educational needs and disability (SEND), including those with education, health and care plans, in mainstream schools. Click here to view the guidance.


DfE/DHSC Ministerial Letter

Please click here (pdf, 446kb) to see the DfE/DHSC Ministerial letter to Children and Young People with SEND, their families and those who support them, regarding pupils returning to school in September.


Updated DfE Guidance on Transport to school and other places of education: autumn term 2020

Please click here to see the updated guidance.