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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. Concessionary passes for the 2020 autumn term will be available from 21 September 2020.


  • Autumn term: £213
  • Remaining terms: £267 per term
  • Full academic year: £747 (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 the summer term have now closed.

Applications for September 2021 will be accepted from 10am on 23 August to 5pm on 27 August. Transport for these students will not start until late September, so we can ensure all students entitled to free transport have been accommodated.

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 Concessionary spaces can be withdrawn at any time with a minimum of two weeks’ notice.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

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.

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.

Contact us

Telephone: 0300 300 8339