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School and college transport

School and college transport

Help with getting your children to school


You might qualify for free school transport if:

  • Your child is under the age of 8 and of statutory school age, attends their designated area or nearest school and it is more than 2 miles away by a safe walking route
  • Your child is aged 8 and up to 16, their nearest available school is more than 3 miles away by a safe walking route and they attend a designated area school or the nearest school
  • Your child qualifies for free school meals
  • You receive the maximum level of working tax credit

For more information about school travel assistance, please refer to our parents guide. Here you will find essential information about the Home to School Transport Service, what you should expect from us and what you can do to help ensure your child has a great journey.

Home To School Transport - A parents guide (PDF document)
Home To School Transport - A parents guide (Word document)

Suggested walking routes

Go to the My Journey website to see a suggested walking route to school (with distance).

Please note that this may not be a safe walking route. Parents and carers are advised to make their own assessment of safety, before a child’s initial walk to school.

Distances are measured to the school site, not to the nearest entrance, as used in assessments of eligibility for free transport to school.

How to apply

If you think your child meets the criteria for school travel assistance, complete the form below.



You can find out more by reading our home to school transport policy (PDF document)

Codes of conduct

Read the:

Replacement bus pass

Assessments for home to school transport

Assessments for home to school transport will only be processed following receipt of a completed online or postal application form. Home to school transport eligibility and assessments will not be provided over the telephone.

Transport for over 16s and non-entitled secondary school students

For students who are 16 and older see below to find out what support is available read our post 16 transport policy statement (PDF document.)

If your child doesn't meet the criteria you can pay for a fare payer seat on a school bus. Complete the form below, but note there are limited availability of these seats.

Read the school transport privacy notice (PDF document) to find out how we use you personal data.

If you disagree with the decision we make, you can appeal by completing the form below.

Email your completed form to schooltransportappeals@wokingham.gov.uk

You can also post your form to:

School Transport Appeals 
Transport Procurement and Operations Manager
Corporate Transport Unit
Highways and Transport
Wokingham Borough Council
Shute End
RG40 1BN

To find out more about the appeals process read our school transport appeals guidelines (PDF document).

To find out more about our cycling scheme for schools see the My Journey website.

To find out more about schemes encouraging pupils to walk to school phone 0118 908 8308.

Visit the My Journey bus route website to find out bus routes and timetables.

  • Bulmershe School - use the Reading Buses 981 and 983 bus service 
  • Holt, Emmbrook and Forest Schools - use the 202 and 244 bus service
  • Maiden Erlegh School - use the 190 bus service
  • Ranelagh School - visit the Fargo Coaches website to find out more

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