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.

Low income families

You may get free transport to school if:

  • your family receives maximum Working Tax Credit or
  • your child is entitled to free school meals

Primary age pupils

Children 8 years and over qualify if they are from a low income family and live more than 2 miles but less than 3 miles away from the designated school.

If they live more than 3 miles they may qualify under the home to school distance criteria.

Primary church aided schools

We do not provide free transport for children to attend a denominational primary school for religious reasons.

Secondary age pupils

Children from low income families can get free transport to one of the three schools nearest to where they live. The school must be more than two miles but less than 6 miles away. We measure distances up to two miles by using the shortest available walking route. The 6-mile upper limit is measured using roads only.

Secondary church aided schools

Children from low income families who want to attend a denominational school qualify for free transport if:

  • the school is between 2 and 15 miles and
  • is the nearest school attended for reasons of religion or belief.

Grammar schools

Children from low income families qualify for free transport to the nearest grammar school if it is more than 2 miles but less than 15 miles from home.

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