Who qualifies for free school transport?


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.


We check for transport 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.  

In most cases we provide free transport to a child’s designated school if they qualify.

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:

- you did not name it on your application, or

- you received a higher preference

you will need to arrange and pay for your child's home to school transport.

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