A MILNSBRIDGE mother has hit out at a bus system run by Colne Valley High School.
Susan Kilner claims the system of only allowing children with the school's boarding cards to use buses from the Linthwaite school is unfair.
Her son Ryan Rules, 11, started at Colne Valley High on September 2.
That day he used the bus from the Linthwaite school to his home at Glastonbury Drive, Milnsbridge.
The bus, operated by First, runs from the school to Milnsbridge, Golcar and Paddock. A service also operates to the school in a morning.
When Ryan used the bus home, the driver told him he would not be able to travel again without a boarding pass from the school.
The next day, Ryan asked for a pass, but was told he was not eligible because he lived outside the school's catchment area - which ends just across the road from his house.
That day the driver refused to let him ride the bus home and Ryan and his friend walked the mile home instead.
Mrs Kilner said: "It took him an hour and a half. I was frantic."
The boarding card system was introduced by the school to reduce overcrowding.
Children within the catchment area get boarding cards for the bus, which charges a fare.
Mrs Kilner said: "We are just outside the area. For 11-year-olds to make their own way to school is disgusting.
"Ryan has been getting lifts, but it is not a permanent solution. I was not made aware of this new policy before he started."
Mrs Kilner met Colne Valley High headteacher Linda Wright several weeks ago to see if Ryan could have a boarding card.
Finally, Ryan and some other children in similar situations have been given temporary boarding cards.
However, Mrs Kilner says she will not stop fighting until he has a permanent card. She said: "Children's safety should be paramount."
Mrs Wright said no pupils at Colne Valley High were forced to walk home.
She said: "If you don't have a boarding pass for a particular bus, you can still get on a bus. Children should just go to the office if there is a problem.
"For children who live outside the catchment area, it is the parent's responsibility to provide transport."
If there was not enough room on a bus, children could wait at an ordinary bus stop for a later one.
"We stand with them until the bus comes, " she said.