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
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.