Free transport to mainstream schools


September 2022 free school transport to mainstream schools

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Passes have been sent to most new starters and continuers in August. There may be some delays due to the postal strikes and bank holiday at the end of August.

We only send tickets to qualifying new starters where transport has been requested.

About free school transport

We automatically check for transport when placing children. You only need to apply for:

  • low income transport or
  • child or parents with medical or physical conditions.

If you are not sure your child qualifies please visit

For full information, please download the school transport policy on the Transport policies page.

If your child is eligible, they will get transport between home and school at the beginning and end of the school day. This will be either:

  • a ticket for public transport
  • a seat on a hired vehicle

If there is no suitable public transport or hired vehicle and you can arrange travel, we can help with mileage.

We will help with the cost of two return journeys per day. We pay 25p per mile, per family for the distance between home and school.

Travel for siblings

When we are allocating routes, we shall do our best to make sure siblings travel together.

Your transport responsibilities

You must get your child to and from pick up and drop off points.

You will also need to arrange and pay for transport outside the normal school day, such as:

  • breakfast or after school clubs
  • parents evening or taster days
  • fixed term exclusions
  • school trips and or educational visits
  • medical appointments
  • work experience
  • off-site educational placements
  • specific exam timetables

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