Some children can get free travel to school, depending on age, distance from school and other factors. Find out if your child is eligible and how to apply.
If your child is going to their nearest appropriate school
All children who go to their nearest appropriate school are eligible for free travel if:
they’re under 8 years old and the school is more than 2 miles away
they’re between 8 and 16 years old and the school is more than 3 miles away.
If you’re on a low income
Children in low income families can get free travel if:
they’re under 11 years old and the school is more than 2 miles away
they’re aged between 11 and 16, attend any one of the three nearest suitable schools, and the school is between 2 and 6 miles away
they’re aged between 11 and 16, you’ve chosen a school because of religion, and the school is between 2 and 15 miles away
You count as being on a low income if your child qualifies for free school meals or you’re on the maximum level of Working Tax Credit.
If your child has special educational needs and/or a disability or a medical condition
If your child goes to the nearest appropriate school and is unable to walk there, then we may be able to help with travel. This may include independent travel training, a personal travel budget or travel in a vehicle. There is some help with travel for students with special educational needs and disabilities who are aged 16 or over.
If the student is aged 16 or over
is available from the Council and from other bodies to help young people aged 16-18 (and older in some cases) to attend their school, further education college or training provider.
Our policies are shown below
You can find more information on support for children with SEND on
Bus pass applications
will now need to be submitted via email. Please download the form (MS Word)
and submit electronically, alternatively parents will need to call Home to School transport on 01922 653761 or 01922 653762 and they will email you a form to complete. Successful applicants will then be given a date to collect their bus pass prior to the start of term