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We are currently seeking public feedback on changes to home to school transport services. Find out more about the consultation which is open until 4 January 2019.

Starting school or moving up to Junior 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 primary age pupils is generally provided where the school attended is the nearest suitable school and it is more than two miles from your home address for a child who is under eight and three miles for those who are over eight . 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.

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

In all cases children are only entitled to transport in the term following their fifth birthday. This is when they become statutory or compulsory school age. If a child starts school before they are statutory school age it is the parent’s responsibility to get their child to and from school each day

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: 4 October 2018

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