Free transport to mainstream schools

1. About free school transport

If you are not sure your child qualifies, see Who qualifies for free transport?

The school transport policy

For full information on the policy please download our full transport policy.

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; or
  • 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’re allocating routes, we’ll 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/educational visits
  • medical appointments
  • work experience
  • off-site educational placements
  • specific exam timetables.

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