Apply for school transport

What if I am not entitled to free school transport? (Concessionary travel)

If you are not entitled through our home to school transport policy, it is your parental responsibility to ensure your child arrives at school in a safe and appropriate manner.

We run a concessionary scheme where spare seats on an existing school bus can be sold once all the entitled pupils have been allocated their seats. These are sold on a first come first served basis, and once a vehicle is full, it will not be able to accommodate further concessions.

Concessions are sold on a termly basis and need to be applied for each term. Having a concession in one term does not automatically guarantee a pass for the following term. 

Prices

  • Termly: £267
  • Full academic year: £801 (around £4.20 per day)

You don't need to pay until we've offered you a seat. Once we've offered you a seat, you need to pay within 5 working days, please. If we don't receive your payment in time, your seat may be offered to someone else.

When and how to apply

Applications for spring term 2022 will be available between 10am on Wednesday 8 December and 5pm on Sunday 12 December 2021.

Please don't make payment until we've offer you a seat. We aim to have all offers to parents by 22 December 2021.

Please be aware that concessionary travel is not a guaranteed form of transport. Passes are not issued until after the start of term and alternative arrangements need to be in place before a pass arrives. Concessionary spaces can be withdrawn at any time with a minimum of two weeks’ notice.

School-provided transport or public bus services may be an alternative option in certain cases; please see below.

School-provided transport

Some schools provide their own transport for pupils who are not entitled to transport through our policy, in which case contact them directly to see what provisions are available.

Public transport

Alternatively, you can check what public service routes are available by using the Travel Line South West website (don't worry; it covers our area). This provides information on bus and train routes which may be of use to you.

Some bus services operate to and from schools at the beginning and end of the school day. Please contact the relevant service operator for details of times and fares.

We are working to improve public transport access to other schools in the future.

Grant Palmer, serving Stratton Upper School and Samuel Whitbread Academy

Grant Palmer service 74 operates from Northill, Ickwell and Upper Caldecote to Stratton Upper School

Grant Palmer service 200 operates from Clophill to Samuel Whitbread Academy

Stagecoach, serving Stratton Upper School, Sandy Secondary School and Samuel Whitbread Academy

Stagecoach service 72 operates from Potton to Stratton Upper School

Stagecoach service 73 operates from Moggerhanger to Sandy Secondary School

Stagecoach service 9C operates from Arlesey to Samuel Whitbread Academy

Visit Stagecoach's website for more information.

Centrebus, serving Etonbury Academy and Manshead Upper School

Centrebus services 96 and 96A operate from Arlesey and Stotfold to Etonbury Academy

Centrebus service 231 operates from Pepperstock, Slip End, Woodside and Caddington to Manshead Upper School

Arriva, serving Etonbury Academy

Arriva service 97 operates from Stotfold and Fairfield to Etonbury Academy

Herbert's Travel, serving Stratton Upper School

Herbert’s Travel 189 operates from Gamlingay, Wrestlingworth and Dunton to Stratton Upper School

Contact us

Telephone: 0300 300 8339 
Emailschool.transport@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk