Who qualifies for free school transport?

We check for transport entitlement when children are offered a mainstream school. You only need to apply for low income transport, or child or parents with medical or physical conditions. Transport for children with an EHC plan should be discussed with the Assessment and Planning Officer.  

We only provide free transport to a child’s designated school.

A designated school is the school suitable to your child which serves your area. If there is more than one school, it is the nearest suitable school to your home with places.

If we did not offer a place at your nearest or designated school because of the following reasons, you will need to arrange and pay for your child's home to school transport:

  • You did not name it on your application
  • You received a higher preference

Here are some examples to help understand the process:

Child A lives in Forest Row.  Forest Row is in the community area for both Beacon Academy and Chailey School.  The designated school for Forest Row is Beacon Academy, as this is the closer of the two schools.  Child A's parents apply for Beacon, which is over 3 miles away.  Child A qualifies for free transport.

Child B lives in Herstmonceux.  Herstmonceux is in the community area for both Heathfield and Hailsham Community Colleges.  The designated school for Herstmonceux is Hailsham Community College, as this is the closer of the two.  Child B's parents apply for Heathfield, which is over 3 miles away.  Child B does not qualify for free transport, as Heathfield is not the designated school.

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