Moving up to secondary school

5. School Transport options

Parents are responsible, in law, for ensuring their child attends school so you should consider the daily journey when applying for schools. If it is not possible to walk to school because of the distance involved, you could consider using public transport or car sharing. Most schools have school travel plans and are working with parents to reduce their car use.

Travel assistance for secondary age pupils is generally provided where the school attended is the nearest suitable school and it is more than three miles from your home address. Most children do not qualify for help with home to school travel assistance and parents are responsible for making the travel arrangements and meeting the cost.

You can check if your child would be entitled to free school transport by using our Free School Transport tool This checker measures the length of the journey to school and includes any extra entitlements currently permitted under the Council’s School Transport Policy.

Please bear in mind that the order of your school preferences can have an impact on whether free school transport assistance is available.

For full details of Home to School Transport including further guidance and policy document please see our web page


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Last updated: 12 March 2019

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