Hunterhouse College has a wide catchment area stretching from Bangor to Crumlin, Downpatrick, Lurgan, Banbridge, Ballinderry, Ballymena, Antrim and Carrickfergus. Most girls come to school on public transport. Those from North Down generally use the railway. Finaghy Station is a approximately 10 minutes walk away from school and on the rare occasions when the train is not running and girls may be stranded, emergency arrangements can be made.
An Ulsterbus service leaves Wellington Place, Belfast every 5 minutes in the morning and passes the school gates (any Ulsterbus with a three figure number beginning with a 5). Citybus operates a service to Conway Estate, Dunmurry which leaves from Donegall Square East and also passes the school. Late passes may be given to those whose connections are difficult. In exceptional circumstances a girl may be allowed to leave a little early in the afternoons.
There are two special Ulsterbuses and school minibuses facilitate girls with special transport problems. It may be that your daughter will find it convenient to travel on one of these routes which are as follows:
Two buses (No 23) from Comber leave the Depot at 7.50 am. At Dundonald the buses turn into the East Link Road and stop on the King’s Road at the Dundonald Ice Bowl. They proceed to Newtownbreda via King’s Road, Gilnahirk Road, Lower Braniel Road, Glen Road, the Knock Dual Carriageway, Castlereagh Road, Ladas Drive, Mountmerrion Avenue, Rosetta Road and Saintfield Road. At Forestside lights they turn right and stop at the first lay-by and one of them becomes our official School Bus. At 8.40 am this one proceeds to school via Shaw’s Bridge, Upper Malone Road and Finaghy Road South. Girls may join this bus at any point along the route and it is convenient for those travelling from Comber, East Belfast, Newtownards, Downpatrick, Saintfield and Ballynahinch.
In the afternoon the bus leaves school about 3.27 pm and follows the route in reverse. Another bus also leaves the school gates at 3.27 pm. It goes via Shaw’s Bridge to Carryduff where it turns and travels down the Saintfield Road into Belfast. Girls who wish may stay on the bus and disembark anywhere along the route into town.
The School Minibus
The school has always tried to facilitate pupils coming in from the Drumbo/Carryduff/Moneyrea area by providing a school run minibus service. The minibus seats 16 pupils. As demand for places may exceed places available, priority is given to very young girls and those with special needs or travel requirements. Places are allocated on this basis annually. Invoices for the minibus are raised monthly in advance and are payable on receipt of invoice. The 2016/17 weekly charge for the minibus ranges from £12 from Drumbo to £18 from Moneyrea. Invoices are raised for each allocated place and are payable even if a journey is not used.