Apply for school transport

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Applying for school transport

Your children may be able to get travel assistance to school depending on how far the walk is and any special needs they have.

All children who are in reception year to the end of year 11 qualify for travel assistance if they go to their nearest suitable or catchment school and live at least:

  • 2 miles from the school if they are under 8
  • 3 miles from the school if they are 8 or older. The statutory walking distances are measured by the shortest available walking route
  • live in an area where there are no viable walking routes

Please note

If you make a parental preference selection of a school that is not your nearest or catchment school, you will not be eligible for travel assistance.

For children with SEND, please refer to page 4 as walking mileages do not apply in cases where it is identified that they are unable to safely walk the journey to and from school (accompanied where a parent/carer would normally be expected to do so) due to their SEND needs.

If your child is changing school, please contact the school transport team quoting your original application case number. Submitting duplicate applications may delay the processing of your application.

Upper and secondary schools: the application deadline was 31 March 2022. Late applications will be processed as soon as possible but might be delayed until after the October half-term.

Primary, lower and middle schools: the application was 14 May 2022. Late applications will be processed as soon as possible but might be delayed until after the October half-term.

You can't apply for school transport until we've confirmed your school place. National offer day was 16 April for starting school and middle school.

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Policies for school transport

The following policies govern our school transport service:

Contact us

Contact school transport

Telephone: 0300 300 8339 (If waiting times exceed an hour, lines may be closed to enable calls already in the queue to be dealt with)

Opening hours

8am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday
8am to 4:30pm, Friday