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Home to school transport assistance for children attending a mainstream school

Your children may be able to get free transport to school, depending on how far the walk is.

All children between 5 and 16 qualify for free school transport if they go to their nearest suitable school and live at least:

  • 2 miles from the school if they’re under 8
  • 3 miles from the school if they’re 8 or older

If your child is attending the nearest school and there's no safe walking route, then they must be given free transport, however far from the school they live.

Call the school transport team on 01925 443322 if you think that the walk to school isn’t safe.

Read the Home to School Transport Policy [pdf] for more information.

Families on low income

Your child may also be able to get free transport to school if you get the maximum Working Tax Credit, or if your child qualifies for free school meals and fits into one of the following categories:

  • aged 8 to 11 and the school's at least 2 miles away
  • aged 11 to 16 and the school's 2 to 6 miles away - as long as there aren't 3 or more suitable schools nearer to home
  • aged 11 to 16 and the school's 2 to 15 miles away - if it's their nearest school preferred on the grounds of religion or belief

To apply for a school transport pass, you can:

Applications are available from the beginning of March to apply for transport for the next academic year starting in September. To ensure your pass is ready for the start of term you must make sure the application reaches this office no later than the 28 of June.

If the application is not submitted before 28 June the local authority cannot guarantee that any transport support agreed will be available for the start of the course in September.

A passport size photograph is required for all new applications. For more information, call the school transport team on 01925 443322.

Students 17 and over

We don't generally provide transport assistance for students aged 16 and above, but we'll consider providing support to learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities on a discretionary basis.

View the latest policy statement for student and learners in further education [pdf] for more information.

Students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities who believe they may be eligible for transport assistance should apply using the application form once an offer of a place at school/college has been accepted.

When and how to apply

Applications should be submitted by the 28 June for the new academic year starting in September (for example by 28 June 2016 for transport commencing in September 2016).

If the application is not submitted before 28 June we can't guarantee that any transport support agreed will be available for the start of the course in September.