Home to school transport

We will provide free transport from home to school for a child when:

  • they are attending the nearest suitable primary school to their home address and the shortest walking distance from their home to that school is more than two miles
  • The child or young person, up to age 16, is attending the nearest suitable secondary school to their home address and the shortest walking distance from their home to that school is more than three miles
  • A child or young person, up to age 16, is unable to walk to their nearest suitable school because of the nature of the route and the route has been classified by the council as hazardous.

Some extended rights for free travel relate to low income families.

Secondary school children and young people, up to age 16, from low income families will also be entitled to free transport if:

  • The child or young person is attending a suitable school which is one of the three nearest secondary schools and the shortest walking distance from home to that school is between two and six miles away

  • The child or young person is attending a school and the shortest walking distance from home to that school is between two and 15 miles away and is the nearest school preferred on the basis of the parent’s/carer’s religion or belief

Pupils who have an education health and care plan or a disability and are not eligible when considered against the criteria set out above. Their entitlement to transport assistance is considered when taking account of the pupil's special educational needs and the school placement.

Find out more in the home to school transport policy.

Post-16 transport policy

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

Any support we give won't normally meet the full cost of the transport. We will, however, consider what assistance we can give to support the needs of a young person.

How to apply

If you feel you are entitled to help getting to school or college, please print off the school transport application form and return to:

School Admissions and Transport, New Town House, Buttermarket Street, Warrington, WA1 2NH

If you are eligible for a bus pass, you will need to provide a passport-sized photograph.

Renewals

Bus passes are renewed on an annual basis. The Passenger Transport Team will contact you with details of how to renew your child’s pass.  

Appeals process

If your application for a bus pass is refused you can appeal.

Lost/damaged bus passes

If your child loses or damages their bus pass, a replacement can be purchased for £8 from the Passenger Transport Team. Call the team on 01925 443100.